|Titre :||Linkage and continuity of care after release from prison: an evaluation of central registration points for drug users in Belgium (2021)|
|Auteurs :||S. VANDEVELDE ; F. VANDER LAENEN ; B. MINE ; E. MAES ; L. DE CLERCQ ; L. DECKERS ; W. VANDERPLASSCHEN|
|Type de document :||Article : Périodique|
|Dans :||International Journal of Prisoner Health (Vol.17, n°1, 2021)|
|Article en page(s) :||19-30|
|Discipline :||TRA (Traitement et prise en charge / Treatment and care)|
Thésaurus TOXIBASEPRISON ; SORTIE DE PRISON ; TRAITEMENT ; EVALUATION ; USAGER ; PRISE EN CHARGE ; MOTIVATION
Purpose: This paper aims to report the findings of an evaluation study concerning the Central Registration Points (CRPs) for drug users in Belgian prisons. CRPs support drug users to link with community-based services.
Design/methodology/approach: The study applied a multi-method approach that involved an exploratory literature review; a secondary analysis of the CRPs’ databases; a qualitative study of the perceptions of a diverse sample of stakeholders with regard to the functioning of CRPs; and a prospective registration study.
Findings: One-third of the clients never attended an outpatient or residential substance abuse service before prison entry. This illustrates that the CRPs managed to reach clients who were not previously reached by (substance abuse) treatment services. All interviewed actors emphasized the added value of the CRPs in terms of informing, contacting, motivating and referring prisoners with a substance abuse problem.
Practical implications: Based on the research findings, two issues seem to be of paramount importance in the successful practice of CRPs: the confidentiality and specific expertise on (substance abuse) treatment. Given the complex situation of drug users in prison, an independent positioning and categorical assistance with drug-specific expertise seem to be essential.
Originality/value: CRPs can be considered to be one of the "building blocks" that contribute to high-quality care and continuity of care for drugs users in detention.
|Domaine :||Drogues illicites / Illicit drugs|
|Affiliation :||Department of Special Needs Education, Universiteit Gent, Gent, Belgium|