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NCJ Number: 134594 Find in a Library
Title: Boundary Spanners: A Key Component for the Effective Interactions of the Justice and Mental Health Systems
Journal: Law and Human Behavior  Volume:16  Issue:1  Dated:(February 1992)  Pages:75-87
Author(s): H J Steadman
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 13
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An attempt is made to demonstrate with the concept of boundary spanners that a systems perspective can greatly facilitate the identification and solution of key justice-mental health interaction issues.
Abstract: Boundary spanning positions, positions that link two or more systems whose goals and expectations conflict at least in part, are illustrated with examples from a jail diversion program in Multnomah County Jail (Portland, Oregon), a community forensic program in Palm Beach County (Florida), and the Oregon Psychiatric Review Board which monitors persons acquitted by reason of insanity. Researchers need to examine the different ways in which boundary spanners operate and the ways that various characteristics of their positions and their incumbents may be associated with more effective justice-mental health interactions. 46 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Mental health services; Systems analysis
Index Term(s): Criminal justice system coordination; Criminal justice system reform; Insanity defense; Interagency cooperation
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