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NCJ Number: 156287 Find in a Library
Title: National Commission on Correctional Health Care Position Statement: Mental Health Services in Correctional Settings
Journal: Journal of Correctional Health Care  Volume:2  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1995)  Pages:85-91
Corporate Author: National Commisson on Correctional Health Care
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Commisson on Correctional Health Care
Chicago, IL 60614
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This position statement on inmate mental health services encompasses inmates with mental illness, alcohol and other drug addiction, and mental retardation.
Abstract: The statement recommends that all correctional institutions be required to meet recognized community standards for mental health services as promoted by organizations such as the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and the American Psychiatric Association. Further, correctional health services and community mental health systems, including diversion programs for the seriously mentally ill who are charged with minor crimes, should collaborate to provide leadership for the development of communitywide assessment and triage programs to assist in the disposition of mentally ill persons who violate the law. Correctional institutions should identify mentally ill inmates and those with mental retardation. Where legally permissible and clinically appropriate, these inmates should be referred to treatment programs in the community. When this is not possible, intervention services should be provided by the facility. Aftercare services for those released from institutions should also be provided. These services may include outreach programs, medical management of mental disorders, medically supervised detoxification, toxicology screening, hospitalization, diversion programs, individual and group psychotherapy, family therapy, and legal aid. 9 references
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Inmate drug treatment; Inmate health care; Mental health services; Offenders with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities
Note: Adopted by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care's Board of Directors September 27, 1992.
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