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  NCJ Number: NCJ 162207     Find in a Library
  Title: Providing Services for Jail Inmates With Mental Disorders, Research in Brief
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Author(s): Henry J. Steadman Ph.D. ; Bonita M. Veysey Ph.D.
  Date Published: 1997
  Page Count: 10
  Series: NIJ Research in Brief
  Annotation: This report presents the methodology and findings of a National Institute of Justice survey that sought to determine specific needs of inmates with mental health problems in U.S. jails, the types of programs being used to serve this population, existing policies to ensure adequate inmate supervision, and the allocation of resources associated with program and policy implementation.
  Abstract: In the initial phase of a threefold research design, a survey was mailed to a random sample of 600 jails with capacities of between 20 and 50. Data for larger jails were obtained from a concurrent study that used a similar methodology to assess jail diversion programs for the mentally disordered. Of the 1,706 jails that received the survey, 1,053 responded. In the project's second phase, followup telephone interviews were conducted with 100 of the 149 combined mail survey respondents who had assessed their mental health services as "very effective." In the third phase, site visits were conducted for 10 jails with particularly innovative programs and policies. Findings show that most jails have no policies or procedures for managing and supervising mentally disordered detainees. Approximately 84 percent of respondents reported that mental health services were received by one-tenth or fewer of their inmates. Smaller jails (capacities of up to 99) tended to provide screening and suicide prevention services but little else, and jails with capacities of more than 1,000 offered comprehensive programs with multiple service components. Case-management services that link detainees to community services upon release were seldom provided by jails of any size. Researchers identified a number of facilities that used limited available resources to implement innovative programs and policies in six core areas: screening, evaluation, and classification procedures; crisis intervention and short-term treatment practices; discharge planning mechanisms; court liaison mechanisms; diversion practices; and contracting procedures. 4 exhibits and 8 notes
  Main Term(s): Corrections policies
  Index Term(s): Mentally ill offenders ; Jails ; Offender mental health services
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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Office of Justice Programs
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  Contract Number: 92-IJ-CX-K020
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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  Type: Survey
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: National Institute of Justice Research in Brief, April 1997.
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