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NCJ Number: 191451 Find in a Library
Title: Correctional Officer's Role in Mental Health Treatment of Youthful Offenders
Journal: Issues in Mental Health Nursing  Volume:22  Issue:2  Dated:2001  Pages:173-180
Author(s): Carol Holt MSN
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 8
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper explored issues related to the provision of effective mental health treatment for juvenile offenders within justice departments.
Abstract: This paper examined the expansion of the treatment team and the correctional officer's role in the provision of mental health treatment of youthful offenders. The multifaceted treatment approach in this setting was seen as needing to include correctional officers, as well as the mental health and medical professionals. The need for more treatment services could be addressed by expanding the treatment team beyond licensed providers. It was seen within reason to have trained correctional staff serve as adjunct treatment staff in the correctional facilities while still fulfilling their security functions. The challenge for correctional and mental health professionals to promote positive change in juvenile offenders during their incarceration requires more than cross training efforts. Organizational structures designed to control juveniles need to be reconfigured to maximize positive outcomes. The utilization of correctional officers as part of the treatment team capitalizes on every opportunity to promote change due to the direct interaction they have with the juvenile offender. References
Main Term(s): Juvenile mental health services
Index Term(s): Juvenile correctional facilities; Juvenile correctional planning; Juvenile correctional programs; Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness; Juvenile Corrections/Detention staff training; Offender mental health services
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