The Courage to Change

Communities to Create Integrated Services for People With Co-Occurring Disorders in the Justice System (Report)

About the Course:

This publication is the result of a yearlong collaborative effort of the Open Society Institute’s Center on Crime, Communities and Culture, and the National GAINS Center for People with Co-Occurring Disorders in the Justice System. It is based on a four-part critical issues meeting series that focused on helping communities to identify more appropriate, effective, and humane methods to create treatment services for people with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders in the justice system. The paramount goal of the series was to identify how successful programs had been designed, implemented, and operated in communities across the United States. The challenge was to learn from these successes and guide other communities who wished to gain the knowledge they needed to mix with the commitment and courage they had to forge new solutions to old problems.

Journal/Publisher:

The GAINS Center

Publication Date:

December, 1999

Author

The GAINS Center

About the Author:

The National GAINS Center for People with Co-Occurring Disorders in the Justice System is 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 creating integrated services for people with co-occurring disorders in the justice system. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the historical treatment for people with co-occurring disorders in the justice system and the continuing challenges.

  2. Identify techniques for building successful collaborations between service agencies and systems.

  3. Explain the considerations involved in financing integrated service programs.

  4. Describe techniques for sustaining successful integrated programs for the long-term.

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