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NCJ Number: 136807 Find in a Library
Title: Ideal Meets the Real With the D.U.I. Offender
Journal: Federal Probation  Volume:56  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1992)  Pages:40-47
Author(s): T P Brennan
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 8
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Document: PDF
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the program developed by the Social Service Department of the Circuit Court of Cook County in response to an overwhelming increase in drunk-driving referrals.
Abstract: The program integrates the criminal justice and the mental health systems and focuses on the department's perspective on treatment, the authority on which the intervention program is based, the structure of the program, and the types of offenders in the program. Under the program, the court can order a variety of conditions, including substance abuse or mental health treatment, based on the needs of the offender. The department's case workers view the program as having six primary benefits. It breaks the cycle whereby drinking increases the feelings that lead to drinking; it breaks through the individual's system of denial as participants are forced to look at the seriousness of their behavior; it increases the consequences of drinking and driving behavior before persons do more harm to themselves and others; caseworkers can monitor the behavior of defendants; the outpatient treatment helps clients tolerate the pain they have been avoiding through denial and rationalization; and the court order can be the external structure or enforcer of the treatment process. Issues in the assessment of the effectiveness of the program are discussed. 2 tables, 11 notes, and 24 references
Main Term(s): Drunk driver programs
Index Term(s): Court social services; Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Illinois; Involuntary treatment; Mental health services
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