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Research and Services Partnerships: A Partnership to Develop a Utilization-Focused Evaluation Plan for a Criminal Justice Diversion Program
Maureen Rubin, Ph.D., M.S.W.; Leanne Fiftal Alarid, Ph.D.; Mary Jo Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201300411
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Dr. Rubin is with the School of Social Work, University of Nevada, Reno (e-mail: mrubin@unr.edu). Dr. Alarid is with the Criminal Justice Department, University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Rodriguez is with University Health System in San Antonio. Lisa B. Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., and Brian Hepburn, M.D., are editors of this column.

Copyright © 2014 by the American Psychiatric Association


More than 100,000 offenders in the Texas correctional system have a mental illness, which represents about 19% of the state’s correctional population, including offenders in prison and under community correctional supervision. To reduce these numbers, a leading mental health service provider established the Community Reintegration Program (CRP) to divert misdemeanor offenders with mental illness to community-based treatment. This column describes a collaborative process between the University of Texas at San Antonio and community partners to develop a utilization-focused evaluation plan for the CRP that would benefit all stakeholders. The evaluation used data collected as part of routine clinical work.

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