Understanding Correctional Mental Health Services

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Jan 14th
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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Individuals with serious mental illness are over-represented in criminal legal contexts. In particular, their prevalence rates in jails and prisons are higher than the general population. Practitioners working to treat individuals with serious mental illness may have patients who are incarcerated. Yet the practitioners may not know the availability and challenges of mental health services within these correctional settings. Jails and prisons are environments where safety considerations are primary, yet there is case law and evolving standards that are pushing improved mental health services, including access to medications and certain therapies. At the same time, constraints within correctional environments and the challenges of the populations served may limit access to a full continuum of psychiatric care. Data is alarming regarding suicide rates in these facilities, which has risen despite advances in mental health service standards in corrections. For individuals with serious mental illness there may be opportunities for coordinating care between mental health service providers within correctional settings and community-based providers. This webinar will provide an overview of mental health services within correctional systems and the importance of linkages with community providers.

 

Jan 14th
Free
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