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Reducing Repeat Alcohol Related Offenses and Other Treatment Management Problems: A Pilot Project Conducted in a Rural Southeastern County

NCJ Number
Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education Volume: 32 Issue: 2 Dated: (Winter 1987) Pages: 32-44
J E Poole
Date Published
13 pages
A 6-month pilot program was conducted in a rural southeastern county for the purpose of identifying and exploiting any benefits resulting from the formation of a county alcohol abuse evaluation and referral service in response to requests from the local judicial system.
There were four basic reasons for the local mental health agency to establish the service. The first was to assist judges in reducing repeat alcohol-related offenses. The second was to evaluate, identify, and refer alcohol abusers to appropriate treatment or other modalities. The third was to provide followup care for those returning to the county from alcohol-related treatment facilities. Finally, the service was established to inform and educate the public about alcohol abuse problems. The project summary indicated that most courts in the county were using the service and that 168 clients had been processed through the system. As a result, the county alcohol abuse service was made permanent and a second staff member was added. Funding problems were not solved by the end of the test period. 1 diagram and 30 references. (Author abstract modified)