SAMHSA report on behavioral health services for probationers and parolees: A recently released report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates significantly lower rates of substance use disorders in 2009 than in previous years among men on probation or parole from local, state, and federal prisons and jails. At the same time the percentage of parolees who received substance abuse treatment increased. In addition, the proportion of probationers and parolees who reported an unmet need for substance abuse treatment was lower in 2009 than in previous years. The percentage of probationers and parolees with mental disorders who accessed treatment or reported an unmet need for treatment remained unchanged over the study years (2002–2008). “While increased access to substance abuse treatment for people on probation or parole is welcome news, the study shows how much more work there is to do to improve community reentry for offenders with mental and substance use disorders,” said Pamela S. Hyde, SAMHSA administrator. “At the same time, we need to focus on preventing substance abuse and mental illness before it starts and when appropriate offer diversion to treatment and recovery support instead of incarceration.” The study was produced by SAMHSA in collaboration with the National Institute of Justice. It is based on data from SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. It is available at oas.samhsa.gov/2k11/nij_data_review/mentaldisorders.htm.