Creating Integrated Service Systems for People With Co-Occurring Disorders Diverted From the Criminal Justice System

The King County (Seattle) Experience

About the Course:

The need to divert people with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders from the criminal justice system to treatment is increasingly apparent. Many offenders, both young and adult, whose misdemeanor offenses are related more to the symptoms of mental illness and substance use than to truly criminal behavior, are poorly served in a criminal justice system that offers little in the way of structured treatment. This publication describes the steps taken by King County (Seattle) Washington to provide an integrated approach to the multiple problems the identified populations present.

Journal/Publisher:

The GAINS Center

Publication Date:

Summer 2000/Revised Fall 2004

Author

David Wertheimer, M.S.W.

About the Author:

This fact sheet was developed by David Wertheimer, M.S.W., as Service and Systems Integration Administrator for the King County Department of Community and Human Services. The GAINS Center provided editorial support. Mr. Wertheimer operates an independent consulting firm, Kelly Point Partners.

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 service systems for people with co-occurring disorders diverted from the criminal justice system. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. List the components of systems integration for treating people with co-occurring disorders diverted from the criminal justice system.

  2. Identify key tactics to employ when beginning the process of integrating service systems.

  3. Discuss how to find support for integrated diversion services.

  4. Describe the importance of disclosing “upfront” investments.

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