Diversion Programs for Individuals Who Use Substances: A Review of the Literature
Source: Journal of Drug Issues
Resource Type: Documents and Publications
Focus Population: People in Recovery from Substance Use, People with Criminal Justice System Involvement, People with Serious Mental Illness (SMI)
Topics: Criminal or Juvenile Justice System, Recovery from Mental Health or Substance Use Disorders, Suicide Prevention
The article encompasses a systematic review of 31 published empirical studies on diversion programs for individuals with substance use disorders. Program characteristics, implementation settings, and outcomes are assessed. Findings demonstrated limited but promising evidence for improvements in recidivism, substance use, and psychosocial outcomes.