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Continuity of Offender Treatment for Substance Use Disorders from Institution to Community.


Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.


Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); 1998. Report No.: (SMA) 98-3245.
SAMHSA/CSAT Treatment Improvement Protocols.


This TIP, Continuity of Offender Treatment for Substance Use Disorders from Institution to Community, spotlights the important moment in recovery when an offender who has received substance use disorder treatment while incarcerated is released into the community. The TIP provides those who work in the criminal justice system and in community-based treatment programs with guidelines for ensuring continuity of care for the offender client. Treatment providers must collaborate with parole officers and others who supervise released offenders. The TIP explains how these and other members of a transition team can share records, develop sanctions, and coordinate relapse prevention so that treatment gains made "inside" are not lost. Offenders generally have more severe and complex treatment needs than many substance use disorder treatment clients, which makes case management an ideal approach. The TIP devotes a chapter to ancillary services such as housing and employment. These needs must be addressed if the client is to remain sober. Finally, the TIP presents treatment guidelines specific to populations such as offenders with mental illness, offenders with long-term medical conditions, and sex offenders. Appendixes include assessment instruments and a sample transition plan. This TIP represents another step by CSAT toward its goal of bringing national leadership to bear in the effort to improve substance use disorder treatment in the United States.

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