Editors' Introduction: Identifying and Assessing Promising Practices for Criminal Justice Clients-California Substance Abuse Research Consortium (SARC) Meetings, 2010

Journal of psychoactive drugs (Impact Factor: 1.1). 09/2011; Suppl 7:3-9. DOI: 10.1080/02791072.2011.601963
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ABSTRACT Although some practices clearly have stronger supporting evidence than others, a single authoritative list of evidence-based practices (EBPs) that can be applied in the treatment of criminal justice clients does not exist. Nationally, use of EBPs is low, and such practices are generally only implemented under certain circumstances. To clarify these issues, experts from around the nation were invited to California for two research-to-policy meetings focused on EBP identification and implementation. Their presentations and the resulting series of articles in this special theme issue describe the current state of EBP research for criminal justice clients. To advance the field beyond the compilation of EBP lists, which can only represent a partial solution at best, next steps should include a greater focus on quality of implementation, intensity of quality assurance and monitoring, and training for underlying skills and principles.

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