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Reducing Criminal Recidivism for Justice-Involved Persons with Mental Illness: Risk/Needs/Responsivity and Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions - Merrill Rotter, MD and W. Amory Carr, PhD
Evidence-based practices (EBP) with track records of effectiveness in treating serious mental illness, co-occurring substance abuse, trauma, and motivational challenges have been utilized with some success in forensic populations (CMHS National GAINS Center, n.d.). However, recent reviews of offender-focused and jail diversion programs found that many EBPs, such as Assertive Community Treatment, may achieve symptom reduction but not decrease criminal recidivism (Morrissey, 2007; Case, 2009; Skeem, 2009). In fact, studies indicate that offenders with mental illness share diagnoses and treatment needs similar to those of individuals with mental illness who do not commit crimes. However, with reference to recurrent criminal behavior, offenders with mental illness share the same risk factors for offending as their non-mentally ill counterparts (Epperson, 2011).

 

Integrating Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Justice-Involved Persons with Co-occurring Disorders - Fred C. Osher, M.D.
This fact "...sheet from SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation include recently updated briefs on evidence-based practices (EBPs). In the field of behavioral health, EBPs are interventions that have been rigorously tested, have yielded consistent, replicable results, and have proven safe, beneficial, and effective for most people diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders." - The Council of State Governments Justice Center

 

Mental and Substance Use Disorders Among Adult Men on Probation or Parole: Some Success Against a Persistent Challenge, By Thomas E. Feucht; Joseph Gfroerer. "This study obtained data on mental disorders and substance-use disorders among adult men on supervised release (probation or parole) from local, State, and Federal prisons and jails. The study concludes that treatment needs are not being met for a significant number of probationers and parolees with mental or substance-use disorders. Consequently, they are at greater risk for parole or probation failure that leads to reincarceration..."Source: SAMHSA Ctr for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality.

 

Girls Study Group: Understanding and Responding to Girls' Delinquency - Causes and Correlates of Girls’ Delinquency, By Margaret A. Zahn, Robert
Agnew, Diana Fishbein, Shari Miller, Donna-Marie Winn, Gayle Dakoff,
Candace Kruttschnitt, Peggy Giordano, Denise C. Gottfredson,
Allison A. Payne, Barry C. Feld, and Meda Chesney-Lind
 

The Office on Violence Against Women FY 2013 Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program. The Campus Program encourages a coordinated community approach that enhances victim safety and assistance, and supports efforts to hold offenders accountable. The Campus Program provides seed funding to support activities that develop and strengthen victim services in cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campuses. The Campus Program also aims to strengthen security and investigative strategies to prevent and prosecute these crimes on campuses. Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education and Private institutions of higher education. Read More

"The Use of Technology to Stalk" online course - This self-paced, interactive course is designed for professionals working with stalking victims or offenders - law enforcement, prosecutors, victim service providers, community corrections officers, and other allied professionals and will give you a better understanding of how stalkers use these and other technologies to locate, harass, and surveil their victims. You will also identify steps to assist in investigating stalking crimes and supporting victims of stalking.

The Office for Victims of Crime HELP Brochure Series provides a resource for victims of crime and the victim service providers that work with them every day. Each brochure defines:

  • a type of victimization;
  • discusses what to do if you are the victim of this crime;
  • and provides national resources for more information and assistance on where to go for help.
Assault Child Abuse
Sexual Violence Stalking
Homocide Domestic Violence
DUI Robbery
What Adults Need to Know About Child Abuse

Hardcopies of these brochures are not available. Victim service providers, crime victims, and other users are encouraged to print out copies of these brochures for use and distribution. The OVC HELP Brochure Series is in the public domain and may be reproduced as needed. However, they should be reproduced in their totality, without alteration.


Improving Access to Services for Female Offenders Returning to the Community
, by Marie Garcia with Nancy Ritter - National Institute of Justice Journal, March 2012 - An evaluation of re-entry services for female offenders shows that increasing access can lead to modest improvements in key areas.


Highlights From Pathways to Desistance: A Longitudinal Study of Serious Adolescent Offenders
, by Edward P. Mulvey, OJJDP, March 2011, NCJ 230971 - 
 study discussing serious adolescent offenders and their lives in late adolescence and early adulthood. Sponsoring Agencies: National Institute of Justice, US Dept Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention


Responding to Stalking: A Guide for Community Corrections Officers
- Published by The Stalking Resource Center, a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 2000 in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice.


Substance Use and Delinquent Behavior Among Serious Adolescent Offenders
- Edward P. Mulvey, Carol A. Schubert, and Laurie Chassin. Published by the U.S. Department of Justice; Office of Justice Programs; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention


Consequences of Illicit Drug Use in America Fact Sheet
- December 2010 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy


Genetic and Evironmental Influences on Criminal Behavior


Teens in Trouble: Criminal Behavior


Decades Long Study Points to Criminal Behavior Risk Factors


The Social Worker as an Expert Witness in Suspected Child Abuse Cases: A Primer for Beginners by LeRoy Schultz


Evidence-Based Policy, Practice, and Decisionmaking: Implications for Paroling Authorities
- from the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections


Are Sex Offenders Treatable? A Research Overview
by Linda S. Grossman, Ph.D., Brian Martis, M.D. and Christopher G. Fichtner, M.D.


Bipolar II Disorder: Symptoms, Course, and Response to Treatment
by Glenda M. MacQueen, M.D., Ph.D., L. Trevor Young, M.D., Ph.D.


Sexual Abuse in Childhood and the Mentally Disordered Female Offender
by Matthew Silberman (2010).   International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 54(5), 783-802


Persons With Severe Mental Illness in Jails and Prisons: A Review
by
H. Richard Lamb, M.D. and Linda E. Weinberger, Ph.D.


Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

by Kimberly Hoagwood, Ph.D., Barbara J. Burns, Ph.D., Laurel Kiser, Ph.D., Heather Ringeisen, Ph.D., Sonja K. Schoenwald, Ph.D.


Implementing Dual Diagnosis Services for Clients With Severe Mental Illness

by Robert E. Drake, M.D., Ph.D., Susan M. Essock, Ph.D., Andrew Shaner, M.D., Kate B. Carey, Ph.D., Kenneth Minkoff, M.D., Lenore Kola, Ph.D., David Lynde, M.S.W., Fred C. Osher, M.D., Robin E. Clark, Ph.D., Lawrence Rickards, Ph.D.


Child Sexual Abuse and Maltreatment Statistics (2009)
- 227 page report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children’s Bureau


Introducing Corrections & Mental Health
- By Russ Immarigeon


Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and the Criminal Justice Response: What Is Known
by Ronet Bachman, Heather Zaykowski, Rachel Kallmyer, Margarita Poteyeva, Christina Lanier, Research funded by the U.S. Department of Justice


Child Delinquency: Early Intervention and Prevention
by Rolf Loeber, David P. Farrington, and David Petechuk article from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention


Juveniles Who Have Sexually Offended: A Review of the Professional Literature
by Sue Righthand, Carlann Welch - a U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention report. An abstract of the contents can be found here.


Correctional Boot Camps: Lessons From a Decade of Research
- This National Institute of Justice Research for Practice presents findings from 10 years of data analyzing whether boot camps are successful in reducing recidivism, prison populations, and operating costs.


Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: The Essential Elements of a Mental Health Court
- A report prepared by the Council of State Governments Justice Center Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project for the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice by Michael Thompson, Dr. Fred Osher, Denise Tomasini-Joshi


Effectiveness of Partial Hospitalization in the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial
by Anthony Bateman, M.A., F.R.C.Psych., and Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., F.B.A.


Women, Serious Mental Illness and Recidivism: A Gender-based Analysis of Recidivism Risk for Women with SMI Released from Prison
by Kristin G. Cloyes, Bob Wong, Seth Latimer, and Jose Abarca (March 2010).. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 6(1), 3-14.


Characteristics of Borderline Personality Disorder Associated With Suicidal Behavior
by Beth S. Brodsky, Ph.D., Kevin M. Malone, M.D., Steven P. Ellis, Ph.D., Rebecca A. Dulit, M.D., and J. John Mann, M.D.


The Relationship Between Anxiety Disorders and Alcohol Use Disorders: A Review of Major Perspectives and Findings
by Matt G. Kushner, Kenneth Abrams, and Carrie Borchardt


The Neighborhoods They Live in: The Effects of Neighborhood Residence
on Child and Adolescent Outcomes
by Tama Leventhal and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn


A Prosecutor's Resource:Medical Evidence and the Role of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Cases Involving Adult Victims
by Jenifer Markowitz


Assessing the Risk of Juvenile Sex Offenders Using the Intensive Parole Sex Offender Domain
- The Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) within the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services contracted with the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (Institute) to determine if an empirically valid risk assessment for sexual reoffending could be developed using data from the Intensive Parole Supervision Assessment (IPSA). This report summarizes the findings.


Enhancing the Management of Adult and Juvenile Sex Offenders: A Handbook for Policymakers and Practitioners. Updated [ed.]
- Prepared by the Center for Sex Offender Management, A Project of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs


The Comprehensive Assessment Protocol: A Systemwide Review of Adult and Juvenile Sex Offender Management Strategies
- from the Center for Sex Offender Management, contains a comprehensive review of sex offender management strategies. Includes several self assessments of your policies and practices in this area.


Female Sex Offenders
- From the Center for Sex Offender Management. This policy and practice brief synthesizes the research and other professional literature about women and adolescent girls who commit sex offenses


What makes juvenile offenders different from adult offenders?
by Kelly Richards


Evidence-Based Practice Skills Assessment for Criminal Justice Organizations
from the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections“The Evidence-based Practice Skills Assessment (EBPSA) is a self-report measurement tool designed to gauge the extent to which correctional staff demonstrate the skills necessary to successfully implement Evidence-based Practices (EBP)


Mental Health Screens for Corrections
- Mental Health Screens for Corrections reports on two projects to create and validate mental health screening instruments that corrections staff can use during intake. Published by the U.S. Department of Justice; Office of Justice Programs; National Institute of Justice

 

 

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