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People With Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System: Answering a Cry for Help

People With Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System: Answering a Cry for Help

People With Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System: Answering a Cry for Help

People With Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System: Answering a Cry for Help

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Written by a committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, People With Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System: Answering a Cry for Help represents the collective wisdom of leaders in community psychiatry and is the third in a series of successful publications that have used Dear Abby letters as source material. The letters, submitted by readers with experience with mental illness and the criminal justice system, constitute a rich, real-world repository for the case stories presented in this fascinating volume. Using the experiences shared in the letters, the authors employ the Sequential Intercept Model to present a series of chapters offering detailed recommendations for psychiatrists, group practices, and criminal justice entities on partnering with individuals who are at risk and their families, with the goal of improving outcomes.

The book's many features and functions make it relevant to a diverse audience: • The Dear Abby letters on which the book's stories are based are heartfelt and human, providing a depth of emotion and understanding that cannot be found elsewhere, and the down-to-earth writing style and real-world material are designed to be useful and compelling to both practitioner and layperson.• The case-based recommendations for effective interventions are very specific and practical to promote and enhance clinical skill development. • A robust set of appendices presents information for professionals on a variety of critically important topics, including principles for criminal justice and community psychiatry; sequential intercept mapping; stages of engagement with the criminal justice system; HIPAA regulations; screening and mental status/criminal justice history; essential systems of care; and the risk-need-responsivity model.• An extensive section of criminal justice/mental health online resources addresses areas such as law enforcement, courts, corrections, evidence-based practices, veterans, organizations, and miscellaneous topics, providing avenues of information and assistance for individuals, families, and clinicians.

This simple, evidence-based guide challenges psychiatrists to initiate changes in their clinical work; in the operation of their agencies, programs, and teams; and in their partnerships with local criminal justice and behavioral health providers to positively impact people with behavioral health conditions in the criminal justice system. Implementing the approaches described so eloquently in People With Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System: Answering a Cry for Help can potentially reduce the overrepresentation of people with mental illnesses in justice settings, provide alternatives to incarceration, and divert individuals who do not pose a public safety risk from jail.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780873182201
Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/22/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 211
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

ForewordA Call to ActionChapter 1. Introduction to the ManualChapter 2. Getting Started: Welcoming and HopeChapter 3. Partnership With FamiliesChapter 4. Partnership With Law Enforcement During the CrisisChapter 5. Partnership With Judges and the Court SystemChapter 6. Partnership With Psychiatrists Within the Corrections SystemChapter 7. Partnership in the Transition Between Jail and CommunityChapter 8. Partnership With Probation and Parole Agents: Applying Principles of Therapeutic Justice and Contingency ManagementChapter 9. Partnerships in Successful Integrated Community-Based CareChapter 10. ConclusionAppendix A: Principles for Criminal Justice and Community PsychiatryAppendix B: Sequential Intercept MappingAppendix C: A Letter on Security and Trauma-Informed CareAppendix D: Stages of Engagement With the Criminal Justice SystemAppendix E: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act General RegulationsAppendix F: Screening and Mental Status/Criminal Justice HistoryAppendix G: Essential Systems of CareAppendix H: Risk-Need-Responsivity ModelAppendix I: Additional ResourcesIndex

What People are Saying About This

Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton

As a former trial judge and justice, I have seen growing involvement and leadership from the judicial system, both from judges and law enforcement, seeking solutions to the revolving door of criminal justice for those with mental illness. Told with real- life, gut-wrenching letters, but followed by guides, tools, resources, and education for the treatment community, the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry has written a powerful tool for real- life approaches.... A must read for every physician, psychiatrist, and medical student.

Dianna Dragatsi

Beyond the vivid stories, lay illustrations of how we, as psychiatrists, can start to be part of the solution. The authors provide empowering information and guidance, for those of us with a curiosity to learn and do more. A must read for anyone working in community psychiatry, or even anyone in the justice system.

Michael K. Champion

Sobering, compelling, and inspiring, this profoundly important and timely book provides a manual of practical steps to address the concerns of both public health and public safety through establishing collaborative problem- solving partnerships between mental health providers and criminal justice personnel. The authors call for engaged involvement spanning from community to correctional facilities that is integrated, trauma informed, and recovery oriented, and attends to factors associated with illegal behaviors. An invaluable resource for all working to address the overrepresentation of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system.

Renee Binder

The criminalization of people with mental illness is a national tragedy. This excellent book with its personal stories puts a human face on the issue and is recommended reading for all mental health professionals who work in the criminal justice system.

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