Adolescent and Young Adult
Treatment Provider Resources
Treatment System Meetings
- October 5, 2012 (Link to meeting notes)
Adolescent and Young Adult Provider Meeting at the 7th Annual Vermont Conference on Addictive Disorders
Spectrum Youth & Family Services
OUTCOME EVALUATION REPORT for the RAPID REFERRAL PROGRAM (Link to full Report)
This report was completed in 2012 by the Vermont Center for Justice Research, Northfield, Vermont.
The Rapid Referral Program is a partnership between Spectrum Youth & Family Services and the Chittenden District Court. The purpose of this partnership is to increase access to mental health and substance abuse assessment services for individuals involved in the criminal justice system whose charge(s) are related to substance use. The main objective of the Program is to provide judges with a mechanism at arraignment to rapidly refer defendants to Spectrum Youth Services for substance abuse screening and treatment rather than delaying services until the case is disposed by the court.
- Nearly all Program participants were under 24 years of age (median age was approximately 21). Nearly 65% of referrals involved cases where the most serious charge was a substance abuse related charge.
- An analysis of the Vermont criminal records for the 171 subjects who participated in the Program shows that only 32 of the 171 subjects (18.7%) who completed the Program were reconvicted of some type of crime during the study period (2008-2011).
- Approximately 96% of reconvictions were for misdemeanors. The most common reconvictions for Program recidivists included violation of probation, motor vehicle charges, DUI, and unlawful mischief.