Screening for Co-Occurring Mental health and Substance Abuse Disorders in Adult Arrestees in Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Sonia Alemagno, The University of Akron
Margaret Tonkin, The University of Akron
Peggy Shaffer-King, The University of Akron

As part of NIJ's Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) research platform, this presentation highlight findings from the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County ADAM addendum study in which recently booked adult male and female arrestees were screened for co-ocurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. The questionnaire administered contained the 16-item Simple Screening Instrument (SSI) developed by the Center for Substane Abuse Treatment (CSAT, 1994) along with other questions constructed for identifying individuals who are likely to have a mental disorder. Finding from the study were used to establish the local rate of adult arrestees in the criminal justice system that were in need of treatment services as well as generate new models for linking clients to services using new diversion or case management models.

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Updated 05/20/2006