Diversion programs at the intersection of substance abuse and mental health

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

Child abuse and neglect; domestic violence; poor overall health; and legal problems frequently arise at the intersection of substance abuse and mental health in jail inmate and state prison populations. Relapses and re-arrests are common as the availability of treatment for mental health and addiction is often limited – less than half of offenders needing treatment actually receive it.

Several promising programs and approaches are being developed across the country targeting both mental health and substance use problems of those incarcerated. The most recent research was presented at the seminar offered Indiana policymakers new insights into how to tackle these challenges.

Reducing the Involvement of Persons with Behavioral Health Disorders in the Criminal Justice System Through Jail Diversion Programs

Henry J. Steadman, PhD
President, Policy Research Associates, Inc

Use of Structured Risk/Need Assessment to Improve Outcomes for Justice-Involved Youth

Sarah L. Desmarais, PhD
Associate Professor
Area Coordinator, Applied Social and Community Psychology
North Carolina State University

Juvenile Diversion Programs: Background and Impact

Alison Greene, PhD
Assistant Professor, Applied Health Science, School of Public Health, Indiana University
Research Social Scientist, Southwest Institute for Research on Women, University of Arizona


Rep. Dale DeVon Sen. Vaneta Becker
Rep. Dan Forestal Sen. Jean Breaux
Rep. Sheila Klinker Sen. Dennis Kruse
Rep. Kathy Richardson Sen. Jean Leising
Rep. Vanessa Summers Sen. Mark Stoops
Rep. Jeff Thompson
The Indiana Family Impact Seminars provide objective, high-quality research on family issues to (a) build greater respect for and use of research in policy decisions; (b) encourage policymakers to examine policies and programs through the lens of family impacts; and (c) provide neutral, nonpartisan opportunities for legislators to engage in open dialogue for fostering relationships and finding common ground.
The Seminars are a project of the Indiana Consortium of Family Organizations which includes: Center for Families, Purdue University; Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Ball State University; Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children; Indiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, CTSI; Indiana Extension Homemakers Association®; Indiana Family Services; Indiana University School of Public Health – Bloomington; Indiana Youth Institute; National Association of Social Workers – Indiana Chapter; Marion County Commission on Youth, MCCOY, Purdue University Extension, Health and Human Sciences. For further information, contact the Center for Families at Purdue University at cff@purdue.edu or (765) 494-9878.