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Substance Abuse Treatment/Mental Health Services Integration Taskforce (SATMHSIT)

Co-Chair:  Nancy Ware, Director
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA)

Co-Chair:  Dr. Tanya Royster, Director
Department of Behavioral Health

CJCC established the Substance Abuse Treatment and Mental Health Services Integration Taskforce (SATMHSIT) to better serve District of Columbia residents who have been involved with the substance abuse, mental health, and criminal justice systems. SATMHSIT was developed to improve the treatment options available to offenders, ex-offenders, and defendants with mental illness and/or co-occurring substance abuse issues.  The goals of SATMHSIT are:

  • Increased opportunities and improved capacity for diversion of mentally ill defendants from the criminal justice system.
  • Linking citizens returning from incarceration to mental health services and substance abuse treatment. Improvement of aftercare opportunities for District residents with mental health or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.
  • Decrease in recidivism by individuals who successfully complete treatment programs.