The Criminal Justice System and Substance Use Treatment (On Demand-No CE)
Started Jul 28, 2021
Full course description
PLEASE NOTE: No CE or certificate are available for this free course.
Each year in the United States there are nearly 7 million people in the criminal legal system, including more than 2 million people who are incarcerated at any given time. Due to the criminalization of substance use in the United States, people with substance use challenges are more likely to be arrested and incarcerated, leading to significantly increased health, social, and economic risks. For example, in Washington, people released from prison were 129 times more likely to die of an opioid overdose within two weeks from release compared to the general public. While evidence-based treatment and services for people with substance use challenges exist, they are underutilized, especially within criminal justice settings. This webinar will provide an overview of the ways in which the criminal legal system impacts people with substance challenges, describe best and promising practices from the field to better support people who are at risk of criminal legal system involvement, and offer resources and tools to support practice and policy implementation.
This training was originally held on July 15, 2021.
Public health and behavioral health professionals
- Understand how involvement in the criminal legal system impacts people with substance use challenges
- Identify best and promising practices to support people with substance use challenges who are at risk of criminal legal system involvement
- Describe innovative examples from the field that have been implemented to better support people with substance use challenges across the continuum of criminal legal system involvement
- Access resources and tools to assist planning and implementation of best and promising practices
Anne Siegler, DrPH, Consultant, Anne Siegler, Inc.
Brandon George, Vice President for Mental Health America of Indiana, Director of Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition, and Founder of Hope Recovery Strategies
Shannon Mace, JD, MPH, Senior Advisor at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing
This webinar was provided by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing on behalf of the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Region V Public Health Training Center.
The Region V Public Health Training Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers ($924,899). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by Region V PHTC, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
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