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Reentry Essentials: Prioritizing Treatment for Substance Addictions

December 12, 2018

A large proportion of people in the criminal justice system have substance addictions. While there is an overwhelming need to provide effective treatment, challenges exist in quantifying the extent of that need, providing appropriate treatment programming, and taking a strategic approach across systems.

From Jailhouse to Coffeehouse, SCA-Funded Program Supports People in Omaha During and After Incarceration

“I’ve been in and out of jail for the last 20 years, and this [group] taught me it was time to grow up and stop doing the things I was doing,” Rich said. “Having people who care about how you’re doing and who can lift your spirits is important.”

Medication-Assisted Treatment: Federal Investment and Local Implementation

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently awarded $53 million in funding to 44 states, four tribes, and Washington, DC, to address the opioid epidemic, including $11 million for 11 states to expand Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), an evidence-based treatment option used in combination with counseling and social support. MAT has been shown to ease withdrawal symptoms and decrease the risk of relapse and overdose.

NRRC Projects

Second Chance Act Improving Reentry for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Program

Second Chance Act Improving Reentry for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Program

This grant program provides funding for state and local government agencies and federally recognized tribal communities to implement or expand treatment programs for adults who have co-occurring substance use and mental disorders and are returning to their communities after incarceration. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administers the awards.

Key Resources

Opioid Addiction and the Criminal Justice System

Opioid Addiction and the Criminal Justice System

The resources on this webpage are designed to assist correctional agencies, community-based treatment providers, probation and parole agencies, and other service providers in better responding to people who have opioid addictions who are in the criminal justice system.

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Best Practices for Successful Reentry for People Who Have Opioid Addictions

Best Practices for Successful Reentry for People Who Have Opioid Addictions

This fact sheet describes the best practices that correctional, community-based behavioral health, and probation and parole agencies can implement within their systems to ensure reentry for people who have opioid addictions is safe and successful.

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Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans

Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans

This site provides tools and resources to assist in developing and implementing collaborative case plans, including the "Developing Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans" webinar, which offers tips on how to get the most out of this site.

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Critical Connections: Getting People Leaving Prison and Jail the Mental Health Care and Substance Use Treatment They Need—What Policymakers Need to Know about Health Care Coverage

Critical Connections: Getting People Leaving Prison and Jail the Mental Health Care and Substance Use Treatment They Need—What Policymakers Need to Know about Health Care Coverage

This discussion paper identifies key questions state and local leaders should ask as part of their efforts to help people leaving prison and jail with mental health needs get community-based treatment.

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Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery

Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery

This report is for policymakers, administrators, and service providers committed to improving outcomes for the large number of adults with mental health and substance use disorders that cycle through the criminal justice system. It introduces an evidence-based framework for prioritizing scarce resources based on assessments of individuals’ risk of committing a future crime and their treatment and support needs.

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Process Measures at the Interface Between Justice and Behavioral Health Systems: Advancing Practice and Outcomes

Process Measures at the Interface Between Justice and Behavioral Health Systems: Advancing Practice and Outcomes

Between 2011 and 2013, the CSG Justice Center worked with NIATx—a learning collaborative that is part of the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison—to bring its process improvement model to the correctional system. Based on lessons learned from that experience, it became clear that there was a gap when it came to tracking progress in substance use disorder treatment across the criminal justice and behavioral health systems. In response, the CSG Justice Center developed guiding principles and process measures that can help guide cross-systems delivery of service.

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