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NCJ Number: 135571 Find in a Library
Title: Correctional Psychiatry
Editor(s): R Rosner; R Harmon
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 319
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Press
New York, NY 10013
Publication Number: ISBN 0-306-43070-3
Sale Source: Plenum Press
233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Sixteen papers on issues related to correctional psychiatry address perspectives past and present, practical problems, inmates' rights, and service delivery systems.
Abstract: Two papers that deal with historical perspectives on correctional psychiatry distinguish between "insane criminals" and the "criminally insane" and the problems these categories have posed for public policy and discuss a national perspective on corrections mental health services. Some of the practical problems considered are the treatment of personality disorders in a correctional setting, the role of the forensic psychiatrist in jail and prison suicide litigation, AIDS in prisons, competency to be executed, and stress for mental health professionals in correctional facilities. Four papers on inmates' rights address an inmate's rights as a patient, patient access to medical records in a forensic center, and issues of confidentiality in the psychiatrist-patient relationship. Four papers on mental health service delivery systems assess the provision of mental health care in correctional systems, discuss the policy implication of privatization in corrections, critique the model of mental health service delivery to correctional institutions, and report on a survey of issues in the provision of jail mental health services and associated litigation. For individual chapters, see NCJ-135572-88. Chapter references, appended mental health minimum standards of New York City correctional facilities, and a subject index
Main Term(s): Offender mental health services
Index Term(s): Confidential records access; Corrections occupational stress; Forensic psychiatry; Mental disorders; Mentally ill offenders; Professional conduct and ethics; Right to treatment; Suicide prevention
Note: From "Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law," Volume 6.
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