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NCJ Number: 171310 Find in a Library
Title: Identifying Homeless Mentally Ill Veterans in Jail: A Preliminary Report
Journal: Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law  Volume:25  Issue:3  Dated:(1997)  Pages:311-316
Author(s): J G Stovall; L Cloninger; L Appleby
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 6
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes a program for identifying and providing treatment and housing for homeless mentally ill veterans detained at the Cook County jail in Chicago.
Abstract: There is increasing evidence of associations between mental illness, homelessness, and criminal activity and arrest. Preliminary data for this study describe characteristics of homeless mentally ill veterans in the Cook County, Illinois, jail as well as those veterans who followed up with services upon release. The article also discusses the usefulness of an urban jail as a site for outreach efforts targeting homeless mentally ill veterans. Data developed in this study suggest that certain patients, particularly those with psychotic disorders, may require a more intensive coordination effort. Such efforts might involve the probation system and informal relationships with jail staff who could notify Veterans Administration staff upon a veteran's discharge from jail. Assertive outreach efforts to released mentally ill detainees can reduce reincarceration rates. Note, table, references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Homeless offenders; Illinois; Mental health; Mental health services; Mentally ill inmates; Mentally ill offenders; Treatment offender matching; Treatment techniques; Veterans; Veterans Administration (VA)
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