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NCJ Number: 252787 Find in a Library
Title: Managing the Seriously Mentally Ill in Corrections
Author(s): John S. Shaffer; Joe Russo; Dulani Woods; Brian A. Jackson
Corporate Author: Rand Corporation
United States of America
Date Published: May 2019
Page Count: 35
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Rand Corporation
Washington, DC 20037
Grant Number: 2013-MU-CX-K003
Sale Source: Rand Corporation
2100 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This website summarizes and provides free online access to the full report on a study that identified challenges facing correctional facilities and agencies in managing persons with serious mental illness (SMI), as well as the key needs in improving outcomes for such individuals.
Abstract: Key findings of the study are as follows: 1) Society as a whole must prioritize mental illness and dedicate resources accordingly, and the justice system must advocate for better access to such services; 2) Individuals with SMI require comprehensive, coordinated services that include interventions that target criminogenic needs; 3) Prevention, early detection, and intervention should be emphasized, particularly for children; 4) Law enforcement personnel must be trained in responding appropriately to incidents that involve persons with SMI, with an emphasis on alternatives to jail; 5) Courts must encourage the development and use of diversion strategies for persons with SMI; 6) Coordinated discharge planning is needed to ensure continuity of care after release into the community; 7) Barriers to sharing information among agencies that serve persons with SMI must be removed; 8) Collaboration among criminal justice and mental health agencies must be improved; and 9) Cost-benefit analyses are needed to ensure that funding for persons with SMI is used effectively. Six recommendations address these identified needs, Access is provided to a related product entitled, “Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative.”
Main Term(s): Correctional reform
Index Term(s): Corrections management; Diversion programs; Interagency cooperation; Mentally ill inmates; Mentally ill offenders; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ final report; Offender mental health services; Treatment offender matching
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