Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

This course examines a wide range of evidence-based practices for screening and assessment of people in the justice system who have co-occurring mental and substance use disorders (CODs). Use of evidence-based approaches for screening and assessment is likely to result in more accurate matching of offenders to treatment services and more effective treatment and supervision outcomes. Key systemic and clinical challenges are discussed, as well as state-of-the art approaches for conducting screening and assessment.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you’re ready, purchase the course by clicking the “Add To Cart” or “Enroll” button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the prevalence of co-occurring disorders in the justice system
  • Define co-occurring disorders
  • Explain the importance of screening and assessment for this population
  • List the key information to address in screening for CODs
  • Discuss the importance of screening for suicide risk for CODs

Course Syllabus

  • Prevalence and Significance of Co-occurring Disorders in the Justice System
  • Defining Co-occurring Disorders
  • Importance of Screening and Assessment for Co-occurring Disorders in Justice Settings
  • Opportunities for Screening and Assessment
  • Developing a Comprehensive Screening and Assessment Approach
  • Key Information To Address in Screening and Assessment for Co-occurring Disorders
  • Enhancing the Accuracy of Information in Screening and Assessment
  • Special Clinical Issues in Screening and Assessment for Co-occurring Disorders in the Justice System



The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA leads public health efforts that advance the behavioral health of the nation. On SAMHSA states that its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on communities in America.

Accreditation Approval Statements is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6991. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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