The Washington Court and Recovery Enhancement System (WA-CARES) project addresses the need for improved, cross-system coordination for drug courts and provides recovery support services (RSS) for high-risk clients who access substance use disorder treatment through the drug court system. In this second report about the WA-CARES program, we examine the added impact of RSS on key outcomes, including substance use disorder treatment, employment, arrest and incarceration. Drug courts located in five counties (Clallam, Cowlitz, Okanogan, Skagit and Snohomish) participated in this SAMHSA-funded portion of the WA-CARES project. Outcomes were compared over a 12-month follow-up period for a statistically matched group of adults in Washington state drug courts during the same time period. We found that recovery support services provided through WA-CARES enhances the success of the drug court model and increases the likelihood that a drug court participant will be engaged in treatment, employed and arrest free.
Report and/or Additional Information:
- Achieving Successful Community Re-Entry upon Release from Prison (11.193)
- Behavioral Health Needs of Jail Inmates in Washington State (11.226)
- Characteristics and Criminal Histories of Adult Offenders Admitted to Treatment under Washington State’s Criminal Justice Treatment Account (4.86)
- Drug Court Outcomes (4.89)
- Washington Court and Recovery Enhancement System (4.90)