Improving Identification and Treatment of Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness in Therapeutic Justice Courts


The purpose of this project is to develop a therapeutic justice model that will maximize recovery and reduce recidivism among individuals treated for substance use disorders in the drug court setting by improving identification and effective treatment of co-occurring mental illness.

Principal Investigator: Mark G. Farrell
Co-Investigator: Thomas H. Nochajski
Funding Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Substance Abuse Policy Research Program
Funding Period: Sept. 1, 2005 - Sept. 30, 2007
Funding Amount: $339,508

For more information on this project, contact Thomas H. Nochajski at or 716-645-1245.

Project Resources

Farrell, M. G., Aungst Weitzel, J., Nochajski, T. H. (2006, November). Extending the Therapeutic Justice Model to problem gamblers. Poster presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Boston, MA.

Aungst, J., Nochajski, T. H., Farrell, M. G. (2006, June). Assessing mental health in a drug court.Poster presented at the 29thAnnual Scientific Meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, Baltimore, MD.

Aungst, J.C., Nochajski, T.H., and Farrell, M. G. (2006). Assessing mental health in a drug court. [Abstract]. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 30(6), P610.

Farrell, M. G., Nochajski, T. H., Aungst, J. (2005, November). Characteristics of drug court participants with additional mental health problems. Poster presented at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Substance Abuse Policy and Research Project Annual Meeting, Tuscon, AZ.