Drug Court

Publications

Teleservices: Happening Now! Using Technology to Enhance Drug Treatment Courts

Teleservices: Happening Now! Using Technology to Enhance Drug Treatment Courts

This fact sheet details the implementation of innovative teleservices programs in seven jurisdictions around the country. Teleservices refers to the use of communications technology, remote drug testing, web-based training, and other cutting-edge technologies to enhance the way treatment courts operate. The jurisdictions featured in this publication use teleservices to increase treatment court capacity, overcome treatment barriers, supervise participants, and provide training for staff. By demonstrating the effectiveness of teleservices in practice, these jurisdictions are setting an example for other courts to follow.

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A Person-Centered Approach to Risk and Need Classification in Drug Court

A Person-Centered Approach to Risk and Need Classification in Drug Court

By Warren A. Reich, Sarah Picard-Fritsche and Michael Rempel

This study suggests relying on summary risk scores alone to decide on treatment options for an important, hitherto under-emphasized, subpopulation of drug court participants may be leading to counter-productive outcomes. For the purposes of the study, 265 New York City drug court participants completed two commonly-used risk and needs assessments: the Level of Service Inventory—Revised, and the Texas Christian University Drug Screen II. By examining the pattern of responses used to compile the summary scores, rather than only the scores themselves, study authors statistically identified three distinct groups of participants. One group was distinguished by the confluence of an extensive criminal history, severe mental health issues, and substantial interference in major life-roles from substance use.

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Fact Sheet: Statewide Strategic Planning for Problem-Solving Courts

Fact Sheet: Statewide Strategic Planning for Problem-Solving Courts

Aimed at statewide problem-solving court systems, this fact sheet addresses the importance of strategic planning for goals such as the creation of performance standards, the efficient allocation of resources, and the development of statewide training programs. It also outlines how the Center for Court Innovation’s guided strategic planning process can help strengthen problem-solving court operations.

Video

Strategies for Enhancing Drug Court Capacity

Strategies for Enhancing Drug Court Capacity

This webinar discusses strategies for enhancing drug court capacity, meaning getting more of your target population into drug court. Strategies include universal screening and assessment, arrest data analysis to reduce racial disparities, and case “portability” (transferring cases to a jurisdiction with a drug court).

 

Publications

Evidence-Based Risk Assessment in a Mental Health Court: A Validation Study of the COMPAS Risk Assessment

Evidence-Based Risk Assessment in a Mental Health Court: A Validation Study of the COMPAS Risk Assessment

By Warren A. Reich, Sarah Picard-Fritsche, Virginia Barber Rioja and Merrill Rotter

This study examines the validity of the COMPAS with offenders who have a serious mental illness. A widely used risk-needs assessment tool, the COMPAS was found to be a good predictor of re-arrest with this population, although it was more effective in distinguishing low-risk offenders from all others than in identifying those who pose a medium as opposed to a high risk of re-arrest. Overall, approximately two-thirds of study-participants were classified as low risk. At the same time, more than half of the sample scored in the high range on the important needs domains of substance abuse, criminal personality, and criminal thinking. The study discusses potential implications for using the COMPAS with mentally-ill individuals.

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Promoting Evidence-Based Treatment in Drug Courts: Strategies for State Drug Court Coordinators

Promoting Evidence-Based Treatment in Drug Courts: Strategies for State Drug Court Coordinators

Learn about ways state drug court coordinators can support local drug court programs in ensuring that they are good consumers of treatment services and promoting the use of best practices by treatment and related providers.

Publications

Fact Sheet: Sentencing Reform and Drug Courts

Fact Sheet: Sentencing Reform and Drug Courts

This fact sheet addresses the challenges and opportunities that arise from sentencing reform, outlining the ways in which technical assistance can help drug courts assess and respond to these changes.

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What's New with Addiction and Drug Treatment: Presentation at Community Justice 2016

What's New with Addiction and Drug Treatment: Presentation at Community Justice 2016

Dr. Wilson Compton, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, delves into the latest research on substance use, addiction, and treatment, at a plenary session at the 2016 Community Justice International Summit.

Publications

Implementing Evidence Based Assessment and Treatment Matching: A Feasibility and Impact Study in Three New York City Drug Courts

Implementing Evidence Based Assessment and Treatment Matching: A Feasibility and Impact Study in Three New York City Drug Courts

By Sarah Picard-Fritsche, Michael Rempel, Warren A. Reich, Erin Farley and Ashmini Kerodal

This report presents an overview of the feasibility and impact of introducing evidence-based risk assessment and treatment-matching protocols into three established New York City drug courts.

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Assessment and Treatment Matching: A Case Study of Traditional Practices in Three New York City Drug Courts

Assessment and Treatment Matching: A Case Study of Traditional Practices in Three New York City Drug Courts

By Erin Farley, Michael Rempel and Sarah Picard-Fritsche

The findings in this report are based on an analysis of two years of clinical assessment and treatment placement data in three established New York City drug courts. Findings suggest that case management staff in these courts regularly completed a lengthy bio-psychosocial assessment of each participant, but ultimately relied on a small number of factors related to current and past drug use, social support, employment, and residential stability when making treatment planning decisions. Further, treatment planning decisions were broadly informed by a desire to place drug court participants in the “least restrictive” treatment setting as an initial modality.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment in Drug Courts: Recommended Strategies

Medication-Assisted Treatment in Drug Courts: Recommended Strategies

By Sally Friedman and Kate Wagner-Goldstein

This report provides strategies for incorporating medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction into the work of drug courts. Although based on the experience of courts in New York State, the report’s recommendations are not state specific and can be applied to courts around the country. The report was produced by the Legal Action Center and the Center for Court Innovation, with support from the New York State court system.

Publications

Fact Sheet: Treatment Court Training and Technical Assistance

Fact Sheet: Treatment Court Training and Technical Assistance

This fact sheet outlines the different forms of training and technical assistance provided to treatment courts across the United States, including strategic planning, on-site and remote assistance, and the implementation of evidence-based practices.

 

Publications

New York State Mental Health Courts: A Policy Study

New York State Mental Health Courts: A Policy Study

By Josephine W. Hahn

This report summarizes the findings of a statewide policy survey of New York’s adult mental health courts. The report identifies key needs such as the use of validated assessments and high demand for staff training, and the challenges of limited treatment options and housing shortages. Statewide strengths cited by practitioners include their individualized approach and highly collaborative court teams.

Links

DrugRehab.com

DrugRehab.com provides information and answers for people fighting addiction. Their mission is to equip patients and families with the best information, resources, and tools to overcome addiction and lead a lifelong recovery. Their website includes information about specific drugs as well as available treatment options.

https://www.drugrehab.com/

Articles

A Diagnostic Study of the Addiction Treatment Court in Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico: Findings and Recommendations

A Diagnostic Study of the Addiction Treatment Court in Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico: Findings and Recommendations

By Michael Rempel, Valerie Raine, Suvi Hynynen Lambson, Antonio Lomba Maurandi and Joseph Spadafore

With funding from the U.S. State Department, the Center for Court Innovation along with the Inter-American Commission for Drug-Abuse Control of the Organization of American States completed a diagnostic study of the Addiction Treatment Court in Guadalupe, Nuevo León, the first program of its kind in Mexico. (Spanish version is separately available here.) 

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