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NCJ Number: 135584 Find in a Library
Title: Prisoner as Patient: Assessing the Provision of Mental Health Care in the Correctional System (From Correctional Psychiatry, P 217-226, 1989, Richard Rosner and Ronnie B Harmon, eds. -- See NCJ-135571)
Author(s): S L Kellermann; M A Rock; J A Barker
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Press
New York, NY 10013
Sale Source: Plenum Press
233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter presents the structure for the delivery of mental health services in the New York City correctional system and reviews the role of the New York City Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services in the planning, funding, and monitoring of these services.
Abstract: A review of the principles of the department with regard to assessment of jail mental health services reveals several underlying assumptions: there is a need for mental health services in the jail system; ongoing communications must be maintained between corrections officials and mental health officials; and mental health minimum standards provide the framework for the delivery of mental health programs as well as for planning and evaluation. Monitoring and evaluation also indicate that when both time and resources are limited, an emphasis on appropriate triage services -- including screening, crisis intervention, and appropriate referral procedures -- is an effective means of using mental health funds while providing necessary mental health services. An area of jail mental health services that requires development is discharge planning and case management after release. 14 references
Main Term(s): Offender mental health services
Index Term(s): Inmate health care; Jails; New York
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