Core Topics Library

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Screening and Assessment Tools Chart

The Screening and Assessment Tools Chart provides a comprehensive guide and links to evidence-based screening and assessment tools you can use with your patients from adolescence to adulthood.

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Prevention and care can reduce suicides in jail

These are only some of the evidence-based changes that jails can adopt to improve safety among inmates. Developing a comprehensive suicide prevention plan and providing adequate health care and conditions of confinement that support the health and well being of inmates can save lives, and should be a standard to which we hold all of our correctional facilities.

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Screening & Assessment Tools in Jail

2018 NACo Annual Conference and Exposition

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Screening and Assessment of Co-Occurring Disorders in the Justice System

This report provides evidence-based practices for screening and assessment of adults in the justice system with mental illness, substance use disorders, or both. It discusses the importance of instrument selection for screening and assessment and provides detailed descriptions of recommended instruments.

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The Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS)

The Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) is an 11-item scale designed to be administered by a clinician. This tool can be used in both inpatient and outpatient settings to reproducibly rate common signs and symptoms of opiate withdrawal and monitor these symptoms over time.

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The Role of Screening and Assessment in Jail Reentry

In 2007, the National Institute of Corrections partnered with the Urban Institute to develop and test the Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) model for effective jail-to-community transition.

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Using the CES-D-7 as a Screening Instrument to Detect Major Depression among the Inmate Population

The practice of prescribing in jails and prisons is often different from that in the community. Serious mental illness is common among inmates, and so are co-morbidities such as substance use, impulse-control, attention-deficit/hyperactivity, and personality disorders.

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Opioid Addiction Guide: A guide for Patients, Families and Friends

This document provides facts about treatment from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

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National Practice Guideline 2020 Focused Update

The National Practice Guideline is intended to inform and empower clinicians, health system administrators, criminal justice system administrators, and policymakers who are interested in implementing evidence-based practices to improve outcomes for individuals with OUD.

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Integrate Routine Screening for Substance Use and Misuse and Co-occurring Disorders into Key Points in the Criminal Justice System

Abstract: Routine screening for substance use and misuse and co-occurring disorders at all intercepts of the criminal justice system is an effective way of making an initial determination about the presence of behavioral disorders and connecting an individual to further assessment and services.

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CIWA-AR Assessment for Alcohol Withdrawal

The Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment Alcohol Scale Revised (CIWA-AR) is an instrument used by medical professionals to assess and diagnose the severity of alcohol withdrawal.

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