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NCJ Number: 199919 Find in a Library
Title: Using Interprofessional Collaboration to Restructure Detention Program Delivery
Journal: Corrections Today Magazine  Dated:April 2003  Pages:70-72
Author(s): Mitzi A. Lowe; Joe Parks; Charlotte Tilkes
Date Published: April 2003
Page Count: 3
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the collaboration between the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and California State University to deliver a coordinated community response to domestic violence and substance abuse.
Abstract: Court records and crime statistics suggest that the majority of those who commit acts of domestic violence have substance abuse problems and are from underserved communities. Intervention and treatment programs for these offenders rarely occur once the offender enters a correctional institution. As such, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and California State University partnered to develop a program that addresses the needs of these offenders. The goal of the collaboration was to offer a continuum of services that would bridge gaps left open by a model of single-service treatment. Key aspects of a successful collaboration are outlined; these aspects must be met in order to avoid barriers to the development and implementation of an effective, coordinated program of care. Typical barriers that present themselves during program collaboration include task conflicts, role confusion, formal power differences, lack of interpersonal skills, and turf disputes. Desired outcomes of collaboration include an open exchange of information and joint action planning to meet the stated goal. The process of collaboration requires that individuals be problem-oriented and flexible. The authors assert that successful collaborations among social service agencies and other community-oriented institutions would benefit those in need by minimizing duplications of services and bridging gaps in services that were otherwise overlooked.
Main Term(s): Interagency cooperation; University/Criminal Justice Agency Collaboration
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Domestic violence causes; Drug abuse; Police-social worker cooperation; Social service agencies; Treatment effectiveness; Treatment intervention model
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