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Mental Health and Corrections: The National Institute of Justice’s Research Efforts and a View to the Future

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Mental illness is not a crime. However, since de-instutionalizing mental health facilities, jails and prisons have taken over as the repository for much of this country’s mentally ill population. Large city jails have particularly become the largest mental health facilities in America. While some mentally ill offenders have committed violent crimes, many have committed low-level quality of life crimes.
Assessing the needs of these offenders and choosing the best treatment approaches are a large burden on the State and local corrections. Over the past seven years, The National Institute of Justice has generated a selected portfolio regarding mental health assessment and treatment in correctional settings. In the treatment area, research has been cognitive based decision making applied to some of the most violent offenders. New, free assessment tools are being used to identify the not-so-obviously mentally ill offenders who could pose a great threat to themselves and other inmates. These research studies have resulted in applications, tools and manuals for practitioners. This presentation will provide an overview of the results of some of the more recent studies funded by the agency and discuss what direction mental health treatment might move in the future.
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Goldberg, Andrew. "Mental Health and Corrections: The National Institute of Justice’s Research Efforts and a View to the Future" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia, <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p201483_index.html>

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Goldberg, A. "Mental Health and Corrections: The National Institute of Justice’s Research Efforts and a View to the Future" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p201483_index.html

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Abstract: Mental illness is not a crime. However, since de-instutionalizing mental health facilities, jails and prisons have taken over as the repository for much of this country’s mentally ill population. Large city jails have particularly become the largest mental health facilities in America. While some mentally ill offenders have committed violent crimes, many have committed low-level quality of life crimes.
Assessing the needs of these offenders and choosing the best treatment approaches are a large burden on the State and local corrections. Over the past seven years, The National Institute of Justice has generated a selected portfolio regarding mental health assessment and treatment in correctional settings. In the treatment area, research has been cognitive based decision making applied to some of the most violent offenders. New, free assessment tools are being used to identify the not-so-obviously mentally ill offenders who could pose a great threat to themselves and other inmates. These research studies have resulted in applications, tools and manuals for practitioners. This presentation will provide an overview of the results of some of the more recent studies funded by the agency and discuss what direction mental health treatment might move in the future.

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