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Detection, advice, and referral to services (DARTS) procedures among clients with public defenders.

Authors
  • Mericle, Amy A
  • Belenko, Steven
  • Festinger, David S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Substance Use & Misuse
Publisher
Informa UK Limited
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2011
Volume
46
Issue
14
Pages
1734–1744
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2011.618997
PMID: 21958209
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Although screening and brief intervention techniques have been found to be efficacious in a variety of medical settings, their use in the criminal justice system has been limited. We present data from Chief Public Defenders (PDs) in 24 Pennsylvania counties who were surveyed about their approach to substance-using clients and their attitudes toward treatment and talking to clients about substance use. A random subsample (n = 8) participated in an additional semistructured interview. Results provide preliminary support for the use of Detection, Advice, and Referral to Services (DARTS) procedures by PDs and identify potential barriers to its implementation.

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