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Family Integrated Transitions: A Promising Program for Juvenile Offenders with Co-Occurring Disorders

Publication year: 2012
The influence of the Family Integrated Transitions (FIT) program on the reduction of juvenile recidivism is investigated. FIT is a family-based intervention reentry program used with youth having co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. It assists these youth as they transition from incarceration back into their homes. Results are reported for overall recidivism, felony recidivism, and violent felony and misdemeanor recidivism. “Participation in FIT was associated with a 30% reduction in felony recidivism, but not related to overall, violent felony, or misdemeanor recidivism. This study provides cautious evidence for a promising approach toward reducing felony recidivism for youths with co-occurring disorders transitioning out of the juvenile justice system” (p. 421).
[Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)]