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NCJ Number: 75628 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Special National Workshop on Mental Health Services in Jails Service Delivery Models
Author(s): C H Morgan
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 192
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Corrections
Washington, DC 20534
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: A0-6
Contract Number: J-LEAA-022-6
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The results of an investigation of mental health service delivery systems in jails are reported, and model delivery systems which were identified are described.
Abstract: A total of 845 State agency personnel, participants at a workshop on mental health in jails, jail personnel, professional association representatives, and representatives of related agencies and organizations were contacted by letter and through personal and telephone interviews, and 193 programs descriptions were requested. These requests resulted in the identification of 81 programs, 20 of which were visited on sight and 6 of which were selected as model programs. The programs identified included Marengo County, Ala., Los Angeles and Napa Counties, Calif.; Monmouth County, N.J., Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and Whitman County, Wash. In addition, the State of Michigan was selected as a model of a statewide approach to the problem. The process of identifying the models and the models themselves suggest that research should concentrate on a common definition of jail mental health services, on program typology and treatment strategies, jail characteristics influencing the type of delivery model adopted, and the effect of mental health programs on security and jail management. Responses indicated that combined programs may be more effective than internal ones in some jails. Inmate characteristics and program budget have an undetermined effect on program development. The use of alternative placements affected the distribution of mentally ill inmates in the jail, as the jail and mental hospital populations appeared to vary inversely with one another. Tabular data, charts, extensive program descriptions and documentation, a bibliography consisting of about 130 items, and 13 references are provided.
Index Term(s): Alabama; California; Inmate Programs; Jails; Mental health services; Model programs; New Jersey; Ohio; Surveys; Washington
Note: Revised report. Paper prepared for the Special National Workshop on Mental Health Services in Jails.
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