Diversion Programming

Integrating Treatment With Criminal Justice Sanctions for Women With Co-Occurring Disorders

About the Course:

Women with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders in contact with the justice system, especially those with young children, represent a particularly vulnerable population with multiple needs. Diversion programs provide alternatives to jail with access to community treatment services and support. This publication addresses diversion programming and integrating treatment with criminal justice sanctions for women with co-occurring disorders.

Journal/Publisher:

The GAINS Center

Publication Date:

September, 2002

Author

Zelma Henriques

About the Author:

Zelma Henriques is associated with the GAINS Center, a national center for the collection and dissemination of information about effective mental health and substance abuse services for people with co-occurring disorders who come in contact with the justice system.

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 diversion programming for women with co-occurring disorders. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify the purpose of and need for jail diversion programs for women with co-occurring disorders.

  2. Explain the differences between pre-booking and post-booking diversion programs.

  3. Describe the factors to be considered when planning gender-specific services for women with mental illnesses in jails and diversion programs.

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