In 2010, there were 2.3 million inmates in our nation’s prisons and jails: 85% were substance-involved and 1.5 million met the DSM-IV medical criteria for substance abuse or addiction (CASA Columbia).
Substance use is a pervasive problem for all segments of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, courts, corrections, and reentry services.
To help programs and systems respond effectively to substance use by justice-involved individuals, IRETA:
- Designs quality improvement plans and processes
- Implements quality improvement plans and processes
What’s the difference between a quality improvement plan and a quality improvement process?
Quality improvement plans can include the following components:
- Looking at program- and system-level data to identify problem areas
- Pinpointing meaningful and measurable outcomes, often related to recidivism
- Determining the program would benefit from the use of an evidence-based approach, and, if indicated, implementing an evidence-based approach like:
- Contingency management
- Motivational interviewing
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Determining whether performance contracting with vendors would improve outcomes and, if indicated, creating a performance-based contract
- Determining if a standardized risk/needs assessment would improve outcomes and, if indicated, implementing it
Quality improvement processes require programs to:
- Routinely access and use data
- Identify impediments to desired outcomes and address problems as they arise in the workplace
- Work with vendors to improve service quality
- Monitor fidelity to evidence-based approaches and assessment protocol