Screening and Assessment of Co-Occurring Disorders in the Justice System

About the Course:

This course examines the intricacies of assessing and screening prison inmates for co-occurring disorders. Definitions and explanations of screening, diagnosing, and assessing for mental health and substance abuse disorders in the justice system are provided, as is information regarding specific instruments for collecting accurate data in each area. The course materials will provide the reader with a clearly presented set of information that should contribute valuable knowledge to any health care professional interested in the mentally ill criminal justice population. References are also included for those seeking additional information.

Journal/Publisher:

GAINS Center, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration

Publication Date:

April, 1997

Authors

Peters, Roger H., Ph.D.; Bartoi, Marla Green, M.A.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about screening and assessing incarcerated individuals with co-occurring disorders. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Differentiate between screening, assessment, and diagnosis of co-occurring disorders in the criminal justice system population.

  2. Identify key clinical issues regarding co-occurring disorders in the justice system population.

  3. Evaluate the relative efficacy and situational usefulness of screening and diagnostic instruments presented for co-occurring disorders.

  4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of assessment for co-occurring disorders in the criminal justice population.

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