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Challenges in implementing evidence-based treatment practices for co-occurring disorders in the criminal justice system.

Authors
  • Chandler, Redonna K
  • Peters, Roger H
  • Field, Gary
  • Juliano-Bult, Denise
Type
Published Article
Journal
Behavioral sciences & the law
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2004
Volume
22
Issue
4
Pages
431–448
Identifiers
PMID: 15282833
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The presence of adults with mental health and substance abuse disorders within the criminal justice system has become increasingly evident over the past decade. Interventions and treatment services have been designed and research conducted in an effort to establish evidence-based practices that effectively address the complex needs of this population. However, adopting and implementing these evidence-based interventions and practices within the real-world setting of criminal justice environments is challenging. This article reviews the research literature related to evidence-based treatment practices for offenders with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders and explores the inherent challenges of fitting these interventions and services within criminal justice settings.

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