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Considering Psychiatric Comorbidities Among Addicted Offenders: A New Strategy for Client-Treatment Matching  

Author:  James Swartz.

Source: Volume 01, Number 05, September/October 2001 , pp.65-71(7)

Offender Substance Abuse Report

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This article argues that drug treatment for offenders would have improved outcomes if psychiatric comorbidities were assessed before treatment placement: Addicted offenders meeting the diagnostic criteria for a severe mental illness would be referred to specialized integrated services programs while those not meeting the criteria would be referred to standard drug treatment programming. Three areas are discussed: the epidemiology of psychiatric comorbidities among addicted offenders, assessing psychiatric comorbidities, and developing model treatment programs for addicted offenders with comorbid psychiatric conditions.

Keywords: drug treatment; best practices

Affiliations:  1: Loyola University, Chicago.

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