Despite the fact that the criminal justice system has been working with people affected by mental health and substance use disorders for many decades, there is still tremendous room for progress in the way that systems and individuals address complex behavioral health needs.
- Probation and pretrial services often fail to distinguish between addiction, mental illness, and drug-related crimes, which are problems with very different solutions.
- Courts struggle to identify effective programs in the community for addiction treatment.
- Overall, justice-involved individuals have complex needs, and working with this population can be challenging.
IRETA works with correctional institutions, probation offices and problem solving courts to help improve outcomes for offenders with substance use and/or psychiatric disorders.