The Significance of Trauma in the Relationship between Co-Occurring Disorders and Recidivism among Participants of a Community Mental Health's Jail Diversion Program
School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), Justice Involvement, Recidivism, Criminogenic Risk
Schott, Emily A., "The Significance of Trauma in the Relationship between Co-Occurring Disorders and Recidivism among Participants of a Community Mental Health's Jail Diversion Program" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3560.
Abstract Individuals with a psychiatric diagnosis have higher levels of criminal justice involvement compared to the general population. Multiple programs have been developed through grant monies utilizing various models to allow these individuals to be linked to mental health services in the community for the treatment of symptoms which may contribute to recidivism. These programs are designed to provide an encounter with mental health professionals who collaborate with law enforcement and other agencies to intercept these individuals at various points of justice involvement and possibly prevent further entanglements with the legal system. This study explores how trauma may impact justice involvement in individuals with a psychiatric diagnosis. For the diversion program to succeed, it is essential to provide integrated, whole-health treatment to these individuals. More studies are needed to develop diversion programs and reduce recidivism rates in those with a co-occurring psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorder and to provide education to law enforcement and community agencies to foster collaborative relationships between community mental health agencies and the legal system.