Screening and assessment of co-occurring disorders in the justice system

Date: 2019
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)


Type:  Manual
Author:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Publisher:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This guide examines practices for screening and assessment of people in the justice system who have co-occurring mental and substance use disorders (CODs) and reviews selected instruments, some in the public domain, for screening, assessment and diagnosis of CODs in that setting. Sections include Evaluating Suicide Risk and Screening and Assessment Instruments for Suicide Risk. It is intended for clinicians, case managers, program and systems administrators, community supervision staff, jail and prison booking and healthcare staff, law enforcement, court personnel, researchers, and others interested in developing and operating effective programs for justice-involved individuals who have CODs. 

Populations:  Adults, Youth
Settings:  Justice System, Adult Justice System, Juvenile Justice System
About Suicide:  Behavioral Health Disorders, Depression/Bipolar, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Substance Abuse, Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior, Risk and Protective Factors
Planning and Implementing:  Evidence-Based Prevention, Cultural Competence, Policy and Legislation, Promoting Mental Health
Strategies:  Identify and Assist, Screening and Assessment, Effective Care/Treatment, Treatment