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NCJ Number: 149836 Find in a Library
Title: Food, Shelter, Clothing, and Structure of Time: The Correctional Context and Model Development of a Large Mental Health Outpatient Treatment Program
Journal: Corrective and Social Psychiatry and Journal of Behavior Technology Methods and Therapy  Volume:38  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1992)  Pages:complete issue
Author(s): J S Zil; J O'Shaughnessy
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 31
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper describes the model for outpatient mental health services in California, developed from 1987-1989 and implemented since then.
Abstract: The model incorporates continuity of care as well as correctional elements; it has been implemented in five California prisons and will soon be implemented at additional sites. The program is designed to alleviate clinical symptomatology and enhance institutional coping skills in order to improve level of functioning, reduce dangerous behaviors, increase medication compliance, teach the principles of work ethics, improve self-esteem, assist in the acquisition of socially acceptable interpersonal skills, avert the need for acute inpatient hospitalization, and allow inmates to be housed in the least restrictive environment possible. This document outlines characteristics of the population to be served and treatment programs including intensive outpatient care, transitional outpatient care, partial outpatient care, and maintenance care. Basic treatment modules include daily living skills, medication management, anger management, social skills, group therapy, and prerelease. This paper also describes staffing and treatment planning, intake and treatment assessment, and treatment program evaluation. 11 appendixes
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): California; Offender mental health services; Program implementation
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