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
2009 Technical Assistance Technical Assistance Report: A Recruiting and Hiring Manual for Addictions ProfessionalsWe created a hiring manual and recruiting materials designed to help strengthen and diversify the profession of addictions treatment. Funder: SAMHSA. Partner: Abt Associates, Inc.
2008 Article A Process Evaluation of Treatment Readiness Groups: Lessons Learned in the Implementation of a Treatment Readiness Intervention Model for Felony Probationers with Substance Use ProblemsArticle published in Offender Substance Abuse Report (March/April 2008, Vol. 8, No. 2). The article presents a process evaluation of Cook County's treatment readiness intervention program, "Reducing Risk: Outreach & Pretreatment for...
2008 Article Evidence-Based Practices in the Integration of Criminal Justice and Recovery-Oriented Systems of CareArticle published in Perspectives (Fall 2008, Vol. 32, No. 4). This article presents the argument that the criminal justice system can become an effective apparatus for the delivery of large-scale behavioral healthcare services. Based on public...
2007 Report or Paper A Primer on Drug Addiction, Crime, and Treatment Report published by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) (November 2007). Prompted by the significant racial disproportionality in prison admissions for drug crimes in Illinois, ICJIA commissioned an in-depth analysis of the... link
2007 Article No Entry: Safe Alternatives to IncarcerationArticle published in Offender Substance Abuse Report (January/February 2007, Vol, 7, No. 1). The article presents CHJ's "No Entry" strategy, which is designed to reverse the flow of drug-involved individuals going into and through the criminal... link
2007 Article A Large Court System Tackles a Huge Problem: Stakeholders in an Illinois County Work Toward Better Outcomes for Mentally Ill OffendersArticle published in Behavioral Healthcare (March 2007). Although some jurisdictions across the country have one problem-solving courtroom to meet the needs of people with serious mental illness, Cook County's sheer volume of cases would overwhelm a... link
2007 Report or Paper The Cook County Mental Health Court: Development, Implementation, and Initial ImplicationsBook chapter appearing in Treating Addicted Offenders: A Continuum of Effective Practices, Vol, II, edited by Kevin Knight and David Farrabee, and published by Civic Research Institute (2007). Although some jurisdictions across the country have...
2007 Report or Paper No Entry: Improving Public Safety through Cost-Effective Alternatives to Incarceration in Illinois White paper issued by the Center for Health and Justice at TASC (May 2007). The paper presents the problems associated with climbing incarceration rates and the roles played by illicit drug use and harsh drug policies. It presents a public policy...
2006 Article Integrating Prevention, Treatment and Recovery to Support Re-Entry Following IncarcerationArticle published in Prevention Forum (Summer 2006). Noting that the majority of individuals leaving Illinois prisons have alcohol and other drug problems, this article describes how prevention, treatment, and recovery support services can work... link
2005 Report or Paper Disproportionate Sentencing of Minority Drug Offenders in Illinois: Report on Changes in Drug Laws 1985-2002Report published by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) (November 2005). Prompted by the significant racial disproportionality in prison admissions for drug crimes in Illinois, ICJIA commissioned an in-depth analysis of the... link
2005 Report or Paper The Disproportionate Incarceration of African Americans for Drug Crimes: The Illinois PerspectiveReport published by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) (November 2005). Prompted by the significant racial disproportionality in prison admissions for drug crimes in Illinois, ICJIA commissioned an in-depth analysis of the... link
2005 Article The Case Management Role in Clinical Reentry ManagementArticle in Offender Substance Abuse Report. Authors: Downey, K. and Braude, L.
2005 Article The Cook County Mental Health Court: Development, Implementation, and Initial ImplicationsArticle in Offender Substance Abuse Report. Author: Braude, L.
2004 Report or Paper Disproportionate Incarceration of African Americans for Drug Offenses in the U.S.Report published by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) (January 2004). Prompted by the significant racial disproportionality in prison admissions for drug crimes in Illinois, ICJIA commissioned an in-depth analysis of the... link
Service Focus or Project CJDATS II Research on Clinical Assessment and Use of Information in Criminal Justice SitesWe are researching the role of clinical assessments in reducing drug use and drug-related recidivism among individuals in the criminal justice system, in partnership with TCU's Institute of Behavioral Research and through the Criminal Justice Drug...
Service Focus or Project CJDATS II Research on Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment in Correctional SettingsWe are examining the use of medication-assisted treatment in correctional settings, in partnership with TCU's Institute of Behavioral Research and through the Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies II (CJDATS II) initiative. Partner: Texas...
Service Focus or Project Development of Risk-Needs-Responsivity (RNR) Simulation Tool In partnership with George Mason University’s Center for Advancing Criminal Excellence, we are developing and validating a Risk-Needs-Responsivity (RNR) SimulationTool to assist federal, state, and/or local agencies in accurately assessing treatment...
Training Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center (GLATTC)TASC was instrumental in the inception of the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center (GLATTC), and through CHJ, we serve as GLATTC's Center for Excellence in Criminal Justice. The Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center (GLATTC)...
Technical Assistance, Training Jail Diversion for VeteransIn partnership with Policy Research Associates (PRA), CHJ is conducting trainings on diverting veterans with behavioral health issues away from the criminal justice system and into treatment. We are providing training and technical assistance on...
Training The Neuroscience of Addiction and Implications for Judicial Decision MakingAlong with national partners, we we developed and deliver training on the effects of substance abuse on the brain, and how the science of addiction can be useful in sentencing and treatment practices. In 2004, CHJ worked with the National...

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