Responding to Adults with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Needs under Correctional Supervision

The prevalence of substance abuse and mental health disorders in all corrections populations is disproportionately high. Individuals with either of these disorders, or both, tend to stay longer in correctional facilities and do worse under community supervision. Their disorders can complicate successful reentry and integration into the community. This session focuses on the importance of considering the risk of recidivism in determining effective treatment and supervision strategies associated with positive public health and public safety outcomes for people with behavioral health disorders.