Understanding special needs offenders who have a dual diagnosis

EENet has developed a Research Report Round-up of the new report, “Understanding Special Needs Offenders who have a Dual Diagnosis.” To read it click on the “download” button below.

This report provides an overview of:

  • The current practice for people with a dual diagnosis who make contact with the Criminal Justice System
  • Some of the challenges that face both Special Needs Offenders and those who work with them in the Criminal Justice System
  • The recommendations for a response that will enhance and support positive outcomes for this population
  • The general characteristics of Special Needs Offenders

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Type of study: Position paper 

Population addressed: Special Needs Offenders (SNO) who have a Dual Diagnosis 

Language of report: English
Title and link to report: Understanding Special Needs Offenders who have a Dual Diagnosis
Author: Juanita St. Croix, SNSC Facilitator
Year: 2013
Location: Ontario 

What this report is about

This report provides an overview of:

  • The current practice for people with a dual diagnosis who make contact with the Criminal Justice System
  • Some of the challenges that face both Special Needs Offenders and those who work with them in the Criminal Justice System 
  • The recommendations for a response that will enhance and support positive outcomes for this population
  • The general characteristics of Special Needs Offenders

How this report can be used

This report can be used to plan for services and capacity building in the specialized geriatric addictions and mental health sector. Also, the intervention, referral, and consultation patterns identified in this survey have the potential to identify best practices.

It has already been used as a basis for the knowledge exchange plan for the Specialized Geriatric Addiction Services (SGAS) Community of Interest funded through EENet. The SGAS CoI used the educational needs identified through the survey report to establish a partnership with the Opioid Awareness Treatment and Education Initiative to bring opioid training to Ontario’s northern service agencies. 
Key words: Dual Diagnosis, criminal justice system, special needs offenders 

Contact : 

Juanita St. Croix, SNSC Facilitator

Southern Network of Specialized Care

jstcroix [at] wgh [dot] on [dot] ca 

519-433-7238 Ext.2227