The Suffolk Drug Court Expansion Project expands the number of offenders with substance use disorders or co-occurring disorders who are assessed and enrolled in the Suffolk County Drug Court to alternatives to incarceration for treatment and utilizes evidence-based practices to enhance outcomes.
Clients Served Last Year:
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There has been a devastating rise in heroin and oxycodone overdoses in Suffolk County and a direct increase in criminal activity related to attempts to secure these highly addictive substances. Furthermore, the primary gap in current service is a lack of capacity to engage and serve the substance use disorder and co-occuring disorder populations.
Expand ancillary services using evidence-based practices within the Suffolk County Drug Court to actively intervene and break the cycle of abuse, addiction, and crime.
How We Do it:
Suffolk Drug Court Expansion provides Suffolk TASC with a Clinical Coordinator/Psychiatric Social Worker, two Case Managers, and a Vocational Counselor to expand services for individuals. As a team, they assess participants, determine the level of care needed, place them in appropriate treatment agencies, and monitor the individuals as they move through drug treatment services towards successful completion of all mandated programs.
As part of the program service, staff utilize two specific evidence-based practices to enhance outcomes, mapping-enhanced counseling and interactive journaling. In addition, they provide training in motivational interviewing and trauma-informed case management.
The Outcomes of Suffolk Drug Court Expansion Project
Suffolk Drug Court Expansion exceeded its target number of participants in 2015. Participants verbalized gaining valuable insight from the evidence-based interventions provided.