Access to Social Workers Could Keep Veterans Out of Criminal Justice System, MU Researchers Find
March 19, 2014
MU researchers have discovered ways in which Social Workers can prevent veterans from being imprisoned.
Story By: MU News Bureau
Approximately one in six veterans struggles with substance abuse, and 20 percent show signs of mental health issues or cognitive impairments, previous research has shown. These risk factors, combined with a lack of resources, could be contributing to an increase of veterans entering the criminal justice system, according to a report by the Center for Mental Health Services. Now, University of Missouri researchers have investigated ways social workers can address veterans’ needs and keep them out of jail. More…