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NCJ Number: 229992 Find in a Library
Title: Jail Inmates with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Problems: Correlates and Service Needs
Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:49  Issue:2  Dated:February - March 2010  Pages:126-145
Author(s): Hung-En Sung; Jeff Mellow; Annette M. Mahoney
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: City University of New York
New York, NY 10036
Grant Number: CIRG 1408
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined factors that correlated with co-occurring problems among a sample of jail inmates, identified services they received while incarcerated, and examined the gap between unmet mental health and addiction treatment needs.
Abstract: The confluence of the deinstitutionalization of people with mental illness and the massive incarceration of drug offenders has dramatically raised the number of substance abusers with mental illness in American jails. This study sought to identify correlates of comorbidity and service gaps among jail inmates using data from the 2002 Survey of Inmates in Local Jails. Results suggest that offenders with comorbidity can be satisfactorily identified according to their past exposure to certain risk factors. One third of the jail population met the comorbidity criteria and 64 percent of them did not receive any treatment or counseling service while incarcerated. Policy implications are discussed. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Offenders
Index Term(s): Drug-abusing inmates; Inmate drug treatment; Inmate treatment; Mental health services; Mentally ill inmates; Offender mental health services; Psychological evaluation
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