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Reducing Criminal Recidivism for Justice-Involved Persons with Mental Illness: Risk/Needs/Responsivity and Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions

If you work with mentally ill offenders you find this publication very useful. “In this document, we [the authors] review the leading offender recidivism-targeted intervention paradigm: Risk/Needs/Responsivity (RNR) ... In particular, we focus on criminal thinking, one of the identified “needs,” and structured cognitive-behavioral interventions from the worlds of criminal justice and mental health that were created or adapted to specifically target the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors associated with criminal recidivism” (p. 1). Sections address: risk-evidence-based criminogenic risk assessment; needs-Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and adaptations for justice-involved populations--Thinking for a Change (T4c), Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), Interactive Journaling, Reasoning & Rehabilitation (R&R), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Schema Focused Therapy (SFT); and responsivity-Motivational Interviewing (MI).