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Substance Abuse Treatment for Inmates with Co-Occurring Disorders in New York State Prisons

by Cindy Eigler, Jack Beck, Darcy Hirsh, and Elia Johnson

ABSTRACT:  This article reports the results and recommendations contained in a section of the Correctional Association of New York (CA) report, Treatment Behind Bars: Substance Abuse Treatment in New York Prisons, 2007-2010, concerning the provision of substance abuse treatment for New York State prison inmates who have co-occurring disorders (COD) involving mental health and substance abuse treatment needs.  The three-year study culminating in the CA report investigated substance treatment for all New York State inmates, including those with COD who were treated in general substance abuse treatment programs and integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment programs in the state's prisons.  The article describes the various substance abuse treatment programs in the general prison population, disciplinary confinement units, and residential mental health units. The article explains the assessment process for placement of inmates in prison treatment programs and reports on the perceptions of COD inmate program participants who were enrolled in prison treatment programs. The study found that more integrated treatment programs are needed to meet the needs of the prison population, enhanced training should be provided to the treatment staff, and improved discharge planning is required for COD program participants who are being released from prison or completing the program and returning to the general prison population.

Posted Fri, Aug 26 2011 1:48 PM by Tracey Vessels


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