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NCJ Number: 162365 Find in a Library
Title: Mental Health Services in American Jails: A Survey of Innovative Practices
Author(s): S M Morris; H J Steadman; B M Veysey
Corporate Author: Policy Research Associates
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Policy Research Associates
Delmar, NY 12054
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: RO1-MH48523; 92-IJ-CX-K020
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
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Policy Research Associates
345 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used a stratified sample designed to elicit information about policies and practices for managing detainees with mental illnesses in five sizes of jails.
Abstract: The research design involved three phases: a mail survey to a random sampling of all U.S. jails, a follow-up telephone survey to a stratified sample of 100 of the mail survey respondents, and site visits to 10 jails during the final phase of the study. Findings show an emphasis in U.S. jails' mental health services on screening, evaluation, and suicide prevention. Also, despite numerous barriers faced by jails in providing treatment for detainees with mental illnesses, many have designed and implemented innovative programs and policies to maximize care to this group, using the limited resources available. The observed innovative programs and policies are divided into five core areas so that other jails, using the information provided, can begin to develop a mental health service strategy within the parameters of their resources. The five areas are screening, evaluation, and classification procedures; crisis intervention and short-term treatment practices; discharge planning mechanisms; court liaison mechanisms; and contracting procedures. 9 references and 4 tables
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Detention; Jails; Mental health services; Mentally ill inmates
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