Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision

A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery

This report is written 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. The report also outlines the principles and practices of the substance abuse, mental health, and corrections systems and proposes a structure for state and local agencies to build collaborative responses.

Fred Osher, MD; David A. D'Amora, MS; Martha Plotkin, JD; Nicole Jarrett, PhD; and Alexa Eggleston, JD | September 27, 2012 | The Council of State Governments Justice Center
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