Embedding a Co-occurring Disorders Rehabilitation Intervention in Veterans Courts: A Pilot Study with Male Veterans
AuthorsSmelson, David A.
Clary, Kelsey M.
Shaffer, Paige M.
Pinals, Debra A.
UMass Chan AffiliationsImplementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center
Department of Psychiatry
KeywordsAlternative to incarceration
Co-occurring disorders treatment
Veterans treatment court
Law and Psychology
Mental and Social Health
Military and Veterans Studies
Psychiatry and Psychology
Rehabilitation and Therapy
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AbstractVeterans treatment courts (VTCs) have expanded dramatically despite their limited empirical base. This pilot study examined MISSION-Criminal Justice (CJ), a co-occurring disorders wraparound intervention, delivered alongside two VTCs. Baseline data from 26 male veterans enrolled in two VTCs and MISSION-CJ, and 6-month follow-up data for 18 of the 26 veterans, are presented. Veterans on average were 37.5 years old, 85% Caucasian, had significant histories of criminal justice involvement (14.3 lifetime arrests), had an average of 14.7 years of alcohol use and 9.3 years of illicit drug use, and roughly three-quarters reported mental health symptomatology. At 6-month follow-up, veterans demonstrated improvements in behavioral health, substance use, and criminal justice outcomes. This study demonstrated promising preliminary outcomes of MISSION-CJ in VTCs. A randomized controlled trial is a critical next step to examine whether these outcomes remain consistent with a more rigorous design.
Community Ment Health J. 2020 Jan 31. doi: 10.1007/s10597-020-00565-z. Link to article on publisher's site
Permanent Link to this Itemhttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14038/46362
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