100969: Co-Occurring Disorders and Specialty Courts

About the Course:

This course presents comprehensive information regarding the ways in which treatment alternatives such as specialty courts are being utilized for individuals with co-occurring disorders in the criminal justice system. It is intended to provide an overview of the characteristics and needs of individuals with co-occurring disorders, as well as to describe best practices associated with positive outcomes in treatment settings and the courts.


GAINS Center, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration

Publication Date:

April 2004


Roger H. Peters, Ph.D.; Fred C. Osher, M.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the workings of specialty courts for people with co-occurring disorders. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify clinical issues relevant to the use of specialty courts for people with co-occurring disorders.

  2. Describe the five critical domains that affect specialty court participation.

  3. Define evidence-based practices and explain the ten principles of care presented in Section 3.

  4. Compare and evaluate the forms of modification and enhancement of specialty courts for co-occurring disorders.

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