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Title: PRISON MENTAL HEALTH CARE CAN BE IMPROVED BY BETTER MANAGEMENT AND MORE EFFECTIVE FEDERAL AID
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: US Comptroller General
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 98
Sponsoring Agency: Azimuth Inc.
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US Comptroller General
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Sale Source: Azimuth Inc.
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United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: PRISON MENTAL HEALTH CARE CAN BE IMPROVED BY BETTER MANAGEMENT AND MORE EFFECTIVE FEDERAL AID. CATEGORIES OF TREATMENT SHOULD INCLUDE PSYCHOSIS, BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS, RETARDATION, DRUG ABUSE, AND ADDICTION.
Abstract: MOST FEDERAL AND STATE PRISONS NEITHER IDENTIFY ALL INMATES NEEDING HELP NOR PROVIDE PROPER CARE TO THOSE THEY DO TREAT. ALTHOUGH LIMITED FUNDING AND PERSONNEL SHORTAGES HAVE HINDERED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, IMPROVED ADMINISTRATION CAN CORRECT MANY INADEQUACIES. AT THE STATE LEVEL, ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENTS CAN BE MADE IF FEDERAL PROGRAMS OPERATED BY LEAA AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE (HEW) ARE MORE EXTENSIVELY USED FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH CARE OF INMATES. EFFECTIVE ADMINISTRATION OF PRISON MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS REQUIRES INFORMATION ON INMATES' NEEDS, ADEQUATE RECORDS, GOOD USE OF STAFF, EFFECTIVE MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF PROGRAMS, AND INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF ACTIVITIES. TO VARYING DEGREES, ADMINISTRATION IN FEDERAL AND STATE PRISONS SYSTEMS LACK THESE NEEDED ELEMENTS. A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS ARE GIVEN FOR IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN FEDERAL AND STATE PRISONS AND THE FOLLOWING SUGGESTIONS ARE MADE FOR THE BUREAU OF PRISONS: (1) REVISE SCREENING POLICY TO SPECIFY AND PROVIDE FOR COMPREHENSIVE IDENTIFICATION OF INMATES TO BE REFERRED FOR TREATMENT; (2) IMPROVE THE BASIS FOR ASSESSING PROGRAM NEEDS BY REGULARLY COMPILING AND SUMMARIZING AVAILABLE INFORMATION ON THE EXTENT AND NATURE OF INMATES' MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS; (3) REQUIRE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CENTRAL FILE FOR EACH INMATE AND REEMPHASIZE THE NEED FOR ADEQUATE RECORDS OF INMATE PROBLEMS AND TREATMENT ACTIONS; (4) ESTABLISH GREATER MANAGEMENT CONTROL OVER THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT PROGRAMS BY PROMULGATING STANDARDS FOR THEIR CONTENT, STAFFING, AND EVALUATION; AND (5) INCREASE MANAGEMENT SURVEILLANCE OF THE QUALITY OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES BY EXPANDED USE OF INDEPENDENT REVIEWS BY OUTSIDE PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ACTION BY LEAA AND HEW ALSO ARE INCLUDED. FOOTNOTES, A LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS, AND THREE APPENDIXES ARE PROVIDED.
Index Term(s): California; Correctional institutions (adult); Corrections management; Federal Bureau of Prisons; Federal correctional facilities; Inmate Programs; Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA); Mentally ill offenders; Michigan; New York; North Carolina; Psychiatric services; South Carolina; State correctional facilities; US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
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