Implementing Specialized Caseloads to Reduce Recidivism for People with Co-Occurring Disorders

Implementing Specialized Caseloads to Reduce Recidivism for People with Co-Occurring Disorders

Many criminal justice leaders are beginning to look to specialized caseloads as a tool for reducing recidivism among people who have mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders. This brief presents five key practices for successful implementation of specialized caseloads for people with co-occurring disorders. It relies on a coordinated and collaborative approach and reinforces the need for probation officers to have the appropriate resources to connect people to individualized treatments and supports. Photo by Amy Hirschi on Unsplash

Risë Haneberg | February 2021 | The Council of State Governments Justice Center

Project Credits

Writing: Risë Haneberg, CSG Justice Center

Research: Risë Haneberg, Sarah Wurzburg, CSG Justice Center

Advising: Ayesha Delany-Brumsey, CSG Justice Center

Editing: Darby Baham, Emily Morgan, CSG Justice Center

Design: Michael Bierman

Public Affairs: Ruvi Lopez, CSG Justice Center


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Risë Haneberg
Deputy Division Director, Behavioral Health
Risë Haneberg provides technical assistance to county systems improvement projects, the Stepping Up initiative, and Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantee sites. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Risë served as the criminal justice coordinator for Johnson County, Kansas,
from 2008 to 2014. In that role, Risë provided staff support to the Johnson County Criminal Justice Advisory Council and facilitated the coordination of criminal justice-related activities for the district court, the sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices, the Department of Corrections, the Court Services Department, and the Johnson County Mental Health Center. Her work in Johnson County involved both the juvenile and adult divisions, and major projects included a Justice and Mental Health Intercept Project, Second Chance Reentry, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, and Justice Reinvestment at the local level. Risë previously served as the chief court service officer of the 10th Judicial District Court in Johnson County and began her career in criminal justice as a juvenile probation officer in 1979. Risë holds a BS in criminal justice from Wichita State University and an MPA from the University of Kansas.
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