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NCJ Number: 156759 Find in a Library
Title: Mentally Disturbed Prisoners: Issues in the Identification and Management of the Mentally Disturbed Within Penal Establishments
Author(s): J J McManus
Corporate Author: Scottish Prison Service
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 73
Sponsoring Agency: Scottish Prison Service
Edinburgh, EH12 9HW,
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7480-0921-3
Sale Source: Scottish Prison Service
Calton House
5 Redheughs Rigg
Edinburgh, EH12 9HW,
United Kingdom
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Data from seven correctional institutions and two mental hospitals in Scotland formed the basis of an analysis of procedures and programs related to mentally ill offenders.
Abstract: Information was collected by means of observations, interviews with staff, and sampling of records between April 1989 and December 1991. Results indicated the need for changes in intake and initial assessments, information and referral systems, the identification and management of mentally ill offenders, and personnel communication and cooperation. Specific recommendations include the establishment of clear goals and objectives for intake and initial assessment, specific staff time and private space for intake, and the handling of each prisoner as an individual. In addition, at least one staff member of each intake team should be trained in the identification of mental disorders; social work and related services should be routinely available during the reception process. Other needed changes include computerization of inmate records, a review of systems for gathering and transferring records, basic training on mental disorders for all personnel, separate accommodations for mentally ill offenders where possible, and improved communication and cooperation among staff. Appended instruments and sampling information
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Corrections management; Mentally ill inmates; Offender mental health services; Scotland
Note: Scottish Prison Service Occasional Papers Report No. 4/1994.
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