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Title: Treatment Services in Adult Drug Courts: Report on the 1999 National Drug Court Treatment Survey, Executive Summary
Author(s): Elizabeth A. Peyton; Robert Gossweiler Ph.D.
Date Published: May 2000
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
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US Dept of Health and Human Services
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US Dept of Justice
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Grant Number: 1999-DC-VX-K002
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Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In October 1999, National Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities developed and distributed a questionnaire designed to describe substance abuse and other treatment services used by adult drug courts and to identify significant issues faced by adult drug courts in obtaining and delivering high-quality and comprehensive drug treatment services.
Abstract: Surveys were distributed to 263 operating adult drug courts, and 81 percent responded. Results clearly indicated that treatment services designed for and used by drug courts comported with scientifically established principles of treatment effectiveness. Overall, the structure of drug court treatment was consistent with principles established by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Most drug courts reported that they included adjudicated offenders in their target populations, either exclusively or in addition to diverting low-level and first-time offenders from further criminal justice processing. Adult drug court participants included both felony and misdemeanor offenders, as well as offenders with drug charges, drug-related offenses, and probation violations. More than 60 percent of drug courts reported they excluded participants with minimal substance involvement and they reserved drug court slots for participants whose substance abuse and related criminal activity was severe enough to warrant significant interventions. More than 27 percent of drug courts had fewer than 50 participants in their programs, 42 percent had between 50 and 150 participants, and 31 percent had more than 150 participants. Most drug courts reported having access to residential (92 percent), intensive outpatient (93 percent), and regular outpatient (85 percent) treatment, and almost all drug courts encouraged or required participation in self-help activities such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. A significant proportion of drug courts (58 percent) said they were able to provide culturally competent programming, and 77 percent said gender-specific and women-only programming was available. Support services were also available to drug courts, including mental health treatment, educational remediation, vocational training, and relapse prevention. The greatest frustrations described by drug courts included limited access to residential treatment and specialized services for women, minorities, and the mentally ill. Drug courts had fairly informal relationships with both dedicated and external providers, and screening and clinical assessments were routinely conducted to identify drug court participant needs. Drug courts experienced a variety of difficulties related to engaging and retaining clients in treatment. Policy implications of the survey findings are discussed in the context of further improvements to drug court treatment services. 4 references and 2 figures
Main Term(s): Drug Courts
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug offenders; Drug Related Crime; Drug treatment programs
Note: DCC. Drug Courts Resource Series.
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