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NCJ Number: 63483 Find in a Library
Title: POLK COUNTY (FL) EVALUATION OF JUDICIAL DISTRICT 10 FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIC UNIT MENTAL HEALTH CENTER
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Florida Central Regional Planning Council
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Florida Central Regional Planning Council
Barton, FL 33830
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE FORENSIC UNIT OF THE MENTAL HEALTH CENTER OF POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA, IS DESCRIBED; PROVISION AND IMPACT OF SERVICES IS EVALUATED AND COST EFFECTIVENESS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ARE HIGHLIGHTED.
Abstract: THE UNIT IS PRESENTLY IN ITS FOURTH YEAR OF LEAA FUNDING, AND WAS ESTABLISHED TO PROVIDE THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM OF POLK COUNTY WITH COMPREHENSIVE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. UNIT PERFORMANCE IN PROVIDING SERVICES WAS EXAMINED FOR THREE MAJOR CATEGORIES: MENTAL EVALUATIONS, MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT, AND CONSULTATION AND EDUCATION. THE PROJECTED NUMBER OF MENTAL EVALUATIONS WHICH THE UNIT STATED AS A MEASURABLE OBJECTIVE WAS COMPARED TO THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF EVALUATIONS COMPLETED. TREATMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS IN THE POLK COUNTY JAIL AND POLK COUNTY STOCKADE WAS EXAMINED FOR THE FIRST 3 YEARS OF THE UNIT'S OPERATION AND THE YEAR PROCEEDING UNIT ESTABLISHMENT. CONSULTATION AND EDUCATION SERVICES WERE EVALUATED BY COMPARING THE UNIT'S STATED MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES AGAINST ACTUAL SERVICES PROVIDED. SERVICES IMPACT WAS EXAMINED THROUGH QUESTIONNAIRES COMPLETED BY AGENCIES TO WHICH THE UNIT PROVIDES SERVICES. IN ADDITION, COST EFFECTIVENESS ANALYSIS AND A STATE ASSESSMENT WERE COMPLETED. THE UNIT WAS SUCCESSFUL IN MEETING THE NUMERICAL GOAL OF CONDUCTING BETWEEN 30 AND 45 MENTAL EVALUATIONS PER QUARTER, AND DOUBLED OR TRIPLED THE NUMBER OF TREATMENT SESSIONS PROVIDED DURING EACH QUARTER ANALYZED. IT ALSO MET THE GOAL OF PROVIDING MENTAL HEALTH CLASSES TO POLICE OFFICERS AND CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS. HOWEVER, IT DID NOT PROVIDE ANTICIPATED INTENSIVE MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING FOR OFFICERS BECAUSE OF LIMITED TIME. TEN PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS WERE PRESENTED. COSTS FOR ALL SERVICES WERE SUBSTANTIALLY BELOW PRIVATE COSTS, AND THE PROGRAM WAS EVALUATED AS A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL MODEL. TABULAR INFORMATION AND AN APPENDIX ARE PROVIDED IN THE EVALUATION. (LWM)
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Florida; Forensic psychiatry; Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA); Mental health; Mental health services; Mentally ill offenders
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