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NCJ Number: 93965 Find in a Library
Title: Analysis of Inebriate Reception Center Utilization in June 1982 in San Diego, California
Author(s): J D Wynne
Corporate Author: San Diego Cty Alcohol Program
Research and Evaluation Section
United States of America
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Family Information Systems, Inc
Newton, MA 02160
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
San Diego Cty Alcohol Program
San Diego, CA 92103
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
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Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A review of all records of the Inebriate Reception Center (IRC), San Diego's diversion and detoxification service, for June 1982 indicated that almost all persons diverted to the IRC were diverted only once or twice and could not be regarded as frequent users of the IRC.
Abstract: The IRC is a low-cost, contractor-operated alcoholism intervention service which allows police to divert persons picked up on public intoxication charges and divert them to the center where they are introduced to the availability of recovery opportunities. This evaluation was conducted in response to law enforcement officers' anecdotal reports that a small number of persons were responsible for most diversions. In June 1982, 2,049 diversions occurred involving 1,637 persons. Only 5 percent of all persons using the IRC accounted for a disproportionate number of diversions, with 92 high-risk individuals requiring 93 diversions. These findings are consistent with a similar study conducted in 1980. The large group of single-incident users -- 88 percent -- demonstrates the efficacy of operating a low-cost diversion program offering access to the intervention and recovery system. Research and local experience suggest that effective intervention with high-risk individuals is problematic, since their lives are touched by numerous other problems. For these persons, IRC provides a brief respite from drinking, an awareness that recovery is achievable, and diversion from jail. Tables are included. For related reports, see NCJ 93964 and 93966.
Index Term(s): Alcohol detoxification; Alcoholics; Alcoholism treatment programs; Disorderly conduct; Drunkenness; Police diversion; Program evaluation; Texas
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