Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Improving Treatment Access, Effectiveness, and Recovery

Addictive disorders and mental health problems have played a fundamental role in the population explosion of the U.S. justice system. CHJ offers solutions that reflect a scientific understanding of the physiological and psychological nature of these disorders, as well as expertise in how to effectively incorporate treatment and recovery support into justice sanctions.

Here is some of our work in this issue area:

Year Type Title PDF or Related Link
2013 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Leveraging National Health Reform to Reduce Recidivism and Build RecoveryPresented to the National TASC Conference, May 2013 This presentation narrates the benefit the criminal justice system can gain from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and motivates stakeholders in the criminal justice arena to take advantage of these...
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    Natl TASC Slides
2013 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Aligning Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Expansion with the Courts and Justice AgenciesPresented to the Justice & Health Initiative (JHI) Provider Working Group, June 4, 2013   People under justice supervision are very likely to have substance use disorders, serious mental illness and/or chronic medical conditions...
2013 Service Focus or Project The Justice & Health CollaborativeMaximizing Healthcare Reform Opportunities for Justice Systems Healthcare reform presents both challenges and opportunities for healthcare provider systems and justice structures across the country. The Justice & Health Collaborative (JHC)...
2013 Facts on Justice Risk of Drug-related Death Dramatically Elevated Immediately Following Jail Release
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    FOJ 2013, Issue 2
2013 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Winners' Circle Training FlyerLearn about Winners’ Circles and how to bring them to your community. For more information about CHJ's Winners' Circle training and consulting click here.
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    Winners' Circle Training Flyer
2013 Training Winners’ Circle Facilitator TrainingWinners' Circles are peer-led support groups for people striving to remain free from past drug use and criminal justice involvement. Winners’ Circles offer safe environments for former offenders to develop healthy lifestyles, learn and practice...
2013 Facts on Justice Diverting Individuals With Substance Use Disorders from Incarceration to Community Treatment Saves Billions, Prevents Crime
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    FOJ 2013, Issue 1
2013 Article, Interview Racial Disproportionality in the Criminal Justice System for Drug Offenses: A State Legislative Response to the ProblemArticle published in Race and Justice (January 2013, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 83-101). The article describes the work of the Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study Commission, a nonpartisan, multidisciplinary group of policy makers,... link
2013 Article, Interview Anticipating the Impact of Health Care Reform on the Criminal Justice SystemPublished by the National Association for Court Management (NACM) in Court Manager (Spring 2013, Vol. 27, Issue 4), the article focuses on the implications and opportunities of health care reform for criminal justice systems, particularly with... link
2012 Facts on Justice Youth with Serious Offenses and Substance Use Disorders Lack Community Treatment
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    FOJ 2012, March
2012 Facts on Justice Across Ten U.S. Sites, Most Men Who Are Arrested Test Positive for Illicit Drugs
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    FOJ 2012, May
2012 Facts on Justice Prison Drug Treatment Remains Sparse; Females Likelier to Access It
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    FOJ 2012, Winter
2012 Facts on Youth Youth Perception of Parental Disapproval Linked to Lower Rates of Substance Use Among Youth
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    FOY 2012, January
2012 Facts on Youth One in Five Ninth-Graders at Risk for Mental Health Problems; School-based Services Accessed More than Community Services
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    FOY 2012, April
2012 Facts on Youth At-Risk Youth Participation in Arts Associated with Higher Rates of Volunteerism and College Completion
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    FOY 2012, June
2012 Facts on Youth Family Support Linked to Success in Juvenile Drug Court Program
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    FOY 2012, Fall
2012 Program Evaluation Cook County Mental Health Court Program: Outcomes and Cost Savings
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    CCMHC Outcomes
2012 Program Evaluation Recovery Coach Program Increases Family Reunification
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    RCP Outcomes
2012 Training Training for Madison County, IllinoisIn support of Madison County's Adult Redeploy initiative, CHJ provided training on offender cultures, probation supervision, post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans, and implications of the Affordable Care Act. The Adult Redeploy initiative...
2012 Technical Assistance Technical Assistance on Evidence-Based SentencingAs an outgrowth of the Justice Leaders Systems Change Initiative, CHJ provided technical assistance for ad litem attorneys in Bexar County, TX on evidence-based sentencing for drug-involved offenders, recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSC), and...