Evidence-Based Wraparound Services Add to Effectiveness of Drug Courts

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According to a pilot study led by UMass Medical School researchers, an evidence-based wraparound service model that reduces barriers to care was shown to enhance drug treatment courts’ effectiveness in improving criminal justice and behavioral health outcomes among participants with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, reports UMassMed. Researchers looked at six-month behavioral health and criminal justice outcomes among a hard-to-engage sample of 79 participants in drug treatment courts in Quincy and Chelsea. They received a wraparound treatment model called MISSION-CJ (Maintaining Independence and Sobriety through Systems Integration, Outreach and Networking-Criminal Justice).

Involvement with MISSION-CJ was associated with reducing nights in jail, opioid use and mental health symptoms over the six-month period. MISSION-CJ includes the integration of criminogenic risk and needs assessment, risk-need-responsivity informed treatment planning, and materials that promote prosocial thinking and behavior, according to the authors. It is delivered jointly by a case manager and peer support specialist with lived recovery and criminal justice experience. The MISSION-CJ curriculum includes structured sessions, collaboration with drug treatment court teams and unstructured support in the community or even the participant’s home.

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