This study used data from a phone survey inventory of US veterans' courts to provide descriptive information on the current status of their various elements. To identify which items were most predictive of a court's percentage of subjects terminated from their program, a linear regression was performed.
The following were associated with higher rates of termination from the veterans' court (VC) program:
- programs that offered phase progression based on measurable goals,
- programs that conduct frequent drug and alcohol testing, and
- programs for which sanctions are more severe for failing immediate goals (sobriety) versus long-term ones (completion of training).
- programs in which later phases permit less stringent testing,
- programs utilizing behavioral contracts,
- programs utilizing brief incarcerations.
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By: Johnson RS1, Stolar AG2,3,4, McGuire JF5, Clark S5, Coonan LA2, Hausknecht P3, Graham DP2,3,6,7.
- 1Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 02114, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2Mental Health Care Line, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, Houston, TX, USA.
- 3Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA.
- 4Veterans' Court Treatment Program, Houston, TX, USA.
- 5, Houston, TX, USA.
- 6Neurorehabilitation: Neurons to Networks Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, TX, USA.
- 7Department of Veterans Affairs, South Central Mental Illness, Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC), Houston, TX, USA.
- Community Ment Health J. 2016 Jan 21.
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