Title

Co-Occurring Disorders and Specialty Court

Document Type

Book

Publication Date

7-2003

Abstract

A growing number of persons with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders are involved in the criminal justice system, with an associated rise in the number of these individuals appearing before the court. Increasingly, “problem-solving courts” or “specialty courts” (e.g., drug courts, mental health courts, domestic violence courts, community courts, re-entry courts) have been implemented to move beyond case processing to address the underlying issues that brought the defendant to court in the first place. In linking participants with co-occurring disorders to treatment alternatives, judges are testing the ways in which the specialty courts can serve as a therapeutic agent. This source document is intended to provide specialty court staff an overview of the characteristics and needs of individuals with co-occurring disorders, as well as to describe best practices associated with positive outcomes both in treatment settings and the court.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Co-Occurring Disorders and Specialty Court. The National Gains Center and the Tampa Center for Jail Diversion, a Branch of the National Gains Center, 37 p.

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