CRJ 355: Mental Health / Substance Abuse in Criminal Justice

Course Description

This course will examine general problems created by illegal use of narcotics and dangerous substances, with emphasis upon classification, description and history of drugs, etiology of addiction, extent of drug use and its relationship to criminal behavior and methods of control. This class will analyze mental disorders such as schizophrenia, personality disorders, brain damage, mentally ill and their role in in criminal behavior. In addition, the course will identify different types of treatment which includes community based, family support, and peer networks. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • CRJ 101: Criminal Justice
  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Examine how substance abuse and mental illness connects to criminal behavior.
  2. Construct and demonstrate the theoretical models that attempt to explain the causes of addiction.
  3. Recognize contributing factors, challenges, and trends that affect the mentally ill within the criminal justice system.
  4. Synthesize knowledge about the following substance use disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and other severally mentally ill (SMI) categories using DSM V.
  5. Organize and classify knowledge to demonstrate solutions in order to collaborate and consult with other professionals within criminal justice, families, and community-based treatment providers. 

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (28 points, Weeks 1-8)

30%

Written Assignments (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7)

20%

Midterm Exam (Week 4)

20%

Final Exam (Week 8)

30%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Levinthal, Charles. Drugs, Society and Criminal Justice (5th Edition). Pearson Publishing, 2020. ISBN-13: 9780135180037
  • Schug, Robert A. & Fradella, Henry F. Mental Illness and Crime. Sage Publications, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1-4129-8707-3

Additional Resource

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2,4

Topic: Mental Illness, Substance Abuse and Criminal Justice

Reading:

  • Drugs, Society, and Criminal Justice: Chapters 1 & 2
  • Mental Illness & Crime: Chapters 1 & 2
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Week 1 assignments

2

2,3,4

Topic: Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders in Criminal Offenders

Reading:

  • Drugs, Society, and Criminal Justice: Chapters 4 & 5
  • Mental Illness & Crime: Chapter 4
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Week 2 assignment

3

2,5

Topics: Understanding the Drug User and Law Enforcement

Reading:

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Week 3 assignment

4

1,4,5

Topics: Criminal Behavior & Substance Misuse

Reading:

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material & watch TED talk video
  • Complete Midterm Exam

4

1,4,5

Midterm Exam

(Exam Covers Chapters 1-8)

 

5

3,4,5

Topics: Drug Policy and Behavioral Health

Reading:

  • Drugs, Society, and Criminal Justice: Chapter 3
  • Mental Illness & Crime: Chapter 12
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Week 5 assignment

6

2,4,5

Topic: Treatment of Mental/Health Substance use disorder in the context criminal behavior

Reading:

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Week 6 assignment

7

3,5

Topics: Diversionary Efforts for Mental Illness/Substance use disorders

Reading:

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Week 7 assignment

8

3,5

Topics: Mental Health/Substance Abuse in Criminal Justice

Reading:

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete the Final Exam
  • Complete Course Evaluation

8

3,5

Final Exam

 

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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