North Carolina Specialty Courts, Treatment Access, and the Substance Use Crisis: A Promising but Underfunded Model.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Treatment courts aim to reduce criminal recidivism by addressing the behavioral health care needs of persons with psychiatric or substance use disorders that contribute to their offending. Stable funding and access to behavioral health providers are crucial elements of success for the treatment court model. What happens when courts lose state funding and must rely on local initiatives and resources? In this study, a survey of North Carolina treatment court professionals identified resource gaps and unmet needs. The authors argue that continuing state investment could make treatment courts more viable and effective. Medicaid expansion is a potential new resource for these problem-solving courts.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Easter, MM; Swanson, JW; Crozier, WE; Robertson, AG; Garrett, BL; Modjadidi, K; Swartz, MS

Published Date

  • December 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 72 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1471 - 1474

PubMed ID

  • 34139882

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-9700

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States