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Court-Ordered Outpatient Treatment

Substance abuse becomes more complicated when people who use drugs engage in criminal activity. While minor possession of illicit drugs may not warrant long prison sentences, drug trafficking and related violence warrant just punishment. Court-ordered rehab involves legally mandated participation in mental health or substance abuse treatment for criminal offenders. The requirements of court-ordered addiction treatment vary depending on the severity of a person’s addiction and criminal activities.

Facts and Stats

Although people who commit crimes often deserve punishment, many of them also require addiction and mental health treatment. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) estimates that 50% state and federal prisoners meet the clinical criteria for a substance use disorder, but only 20% receive treatment for addiction. According to NCADD:

– 80% of offenses leading to incarceration involve alcohol or other drugs
– 40% of violent crimes involve alcohol
– 40% of traffic fatalities involve alcohol
– 37% of inmates say they were under the influence of alcohol when they were arrested

The Role of Drug Courts

While nearly any court of law can require drug-related offenders to participate in educational or rehabilitative programs, drug courts are dedicated to this area. A treatment team consisting of a judge, lawyers, case managers, health providers and therapists work with the defendant to ensure he or she receives effective treatment in compliance with legal requirements. The team also encourages support from family members and friends during hearings, therapy and discharge.

Drug courts can require offenders to undergo inpatient or outpatient rehab and/or participate in self-help groups. They may also require community service hours, completion of vocational training and proof of abstinence through regular drug testing. While court-ordered treatment programs recognize relapse is common during recovery, the court is legally obligated to impose consequences for failed alcohol or drug tests. These consequences increase in severity with repeated noncompliance.

Best Practices in Court-Ordered Substance Abuse Treatment

1. Counseling and other services – plus medication – are essential.
2. Courts are selective about treatment programs and private-prescribing physicians.
3. Courts develop strong relationships with treatment programs and require regular communication regarding participant progress.
4. Screening and assessment must consider all clinically appropriate forms of treatment.
5. Judges rely heavily on the clinical judgment of treatment providers as well as the court’s own clinical staff.
6. Endorsement of medication-assisted treatment by all members of the drug court team is the goal, but not a prerequisite.
7. Monitoring for illicit use of medication-assisted treatment medication is a key component of the program and can be accomplished in different ways.
8. Medications for medication-assisted treatment are covered through government and/or private insurance programs.
9. Medication-assisted treatment operates very similarly to other kinds of treatment.

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More on Court-Ordered Outpatient Treatment

Substance abuse becomes more complicated when people who use drugs engage in criminal activity. While minor possession of illicit drugs may not warrant long prison sentences, drug trafficking and related violence warrant just punishment. Court-ordered rehab involves legally mandated participation in mental health or substance abuse treatment for criminal offenders. The requirements of court-ordered addiction treatment vary depending on the severity of a person’s addiction and criminal activities.

Facts and Stats

Although people who commit crimes often deserve punishment, many of them also require addiction and mental health treatment. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) estimates that 50% state and federal prisoners meet the clinical criteria for a substance use disorder, but only 20% receive treatment for addiction. According to NCADD:

– 80% of offenses leading to incarceration involve alcohol or other drugs
– 40% of violent crimes involve alcohol
– 40% of traffic fatalities involve alcohol
– 37% of inmates say they were under the influence of alcohol when they were arrested

The Role of Drug Courts

While nearly any court of law can require drug-related offenders to participate in educational or rehabilitative programs, drug courts are dedicated to this area. A treatment team consisting of a judge, lawyers, case managers, health providers and therapists work with the defendant to ensure he or she receives effective treatment in compliance with legal requirements. The team also encourages support from family members and friends during hearings, therapy and discharge.

Drug courts can require offenders to undergo inpatient or outpatient rehab and/or participate in self-help groups. They may also require community service hours, completion of vocational training and proof of abstinence through regular drug testing. While court-ordered treatment programs recognize relapse is common during recovery, the court is legally obligated to impose consequences for failed alcohol or drug tests. These consequences increase in severity with repeated noncompliance.

Best Practices in Court-Ordered Substance Abuse Treatment

1. Counseling and other services – plus medication – are essential.
2. Courts are selective about treatment programs and private-prescribing physicians.
3. Courts develop strong relationships with treatment programs and require regular communication regarding participant progress.
4. Screening and assessment must consider all clinically appropriate forms of treatment.
5. Judges rely heavily on the clinical judgment of treatment providers as well as the court’s own clinical staff.
6. Endorsement of medication-assisted treatment by all members of the drug court team is the goal, but not a prerequisite.
7. Monitoring for illicit use of medication-assisted treatment medication is a key component of the program and can be accomplished in different ways.
8. Medications for medication-assisted treatment are covered through government and/or private insurance programs.
9. Medication-assisted treatment operates very similarly to other kinds of treatment.

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