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Document 031200
Confabulation in Correctional Settings: An Exploratory Review
By Brown, Jerrod; Hesse, Mario L.; Rosenbloom, Michael; Harris, Blake; Weaver, Jason; Wartnik, Anthony; Concepcion, Erwin; Mertz, Chris; Weinkauf, Erg; Oberoi, Pamela; Kolakowsky-Hayner, Stephanie A..
This article addresses a little understood issue in corrections—confabulation. "Confabulation can be described as a disruption in normal memory function, whereby the individual unintentionally distorts or fabricates imaginary or non-experienced events without intent to deceive or lie … In other words, individuals who inaccurately integrate incorrect information into their memory and/or subsequently present such information as fact are demonstrating confabulation … Individuals who confabulate are... Read More

8 pages
Document 026323
A Primer for Mental Health Practitioners Working With Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System
By Kinscherff, Robert. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Center for Mental Health Services. Federal Child, Adolescent and Family Branch (Washington, DC). Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership) (Washington, DC); National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) (Delmar, NY).
“This paper provides an overview for mental health practitioners who provide professional services to youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system …. While primarily intended for mental health professionals working within system of care communities or interested in developing a system of care collaboration in their area, this paper is relevant for any mental health practitioner providing professional services to youth involved or at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system. ... Read More
28 pages
Document 026376
Webinar Archive: Women Engaged in the Criminal Justice System
By Ramirez, Rachelle; Gehring, Krista S.. Council of State Government. Justice Center (New York, NY); Council of State Government. Criminal Justice Mental Health Consensus Project (New York, NY).
This webinar “discussed the current research and best practices related to the successful management and treatment of women in the criminal justice system … with a particular focus on behavioral health. The webinar also included a discussion about gender-specific criminogenic risk and need assessment tools, as well as the importance of responsivity for females." This website provides access to a recording of the webinar and the accompanying slides.... Read More
Document 026381
Mental Health Issues in County Corrections vs State Prisons
By Hatcher, Joe W.; Pichette, Shauna. corrections.com (Scituate, MA).
The author explains why “the mental health environment in county corrections [local detention facilities or jails] is, in important respects, more difficult for inmates and for staff than it was at the state institution [she] left” (p. 1). Most of jail inmates’ difficulty dealing with mental health issues seems to be based on their increased levels of stress and the inability of addressing it by themselves or with the help of professional staff.... Read More
3 pages
Document 026392
Juvenile Justice Resource Series
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) (Rockville, MD). Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership) (Washington, DC); National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) (Delmar, NY).
“This resource series was developed to help communities address the mental health and related needs of young people involved or at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system … Each brief examines a unique aspect of serving this population within system of care communities”. Papers in the series include: “A Primer for Mental Health Practitioners Working With Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System by Robert Kinscherff (2012); “New Directions for Behavioral Health Funding and Impli... Read More
Document 025885
The Effects of Solitary Confinement: Commentary on One Year Longitudinal Study of the Psychological Effects of Administrative Segregation
By Smith, Peter Scharff. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
The author comments on research done by the Colorado Department of Corrections and the University of Colorado’s Department of Psychology concerning the effects of solitary confinement. Sections of this article include: the Colorado study; why available research was not used the authors of the Colorado study; available European studies on the effects of solitary confinement; social contact and contamination across groups; whether the study participants were harmed by solitary confinement prior to... Read More
11 pages
Document 021374
Improving the Response to Offenders with Mental Illness Through Mental Health and Criminal Justice Collaboration
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
Proceedings from hearings regarding mentally ill offenders are provided. Contents of this publication include: executive summary; outline of proceedings; opening remarks and introduction; hearing panel -- setting the context -- the increasing number of people with mental illness under corrections supervision -- origins of the problem and key strategies for addressing it; hearing panel -- case studies of state and local mental health and corrections collaboration; summary of day's proceedings; D... Read More
183 p.
Document 018604
Effective Prison Mental Health Services: Guidelines to Expand and Improve Treatment
By Hills, Holly; Siegfried, Christine; Ickowitz, Alan. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Mental Health Association (Alexandria, VA); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
"[H]istorical , legal, and ethical issues relevant to dealing with mental illness in the field of corrections" are discussed (p. iii). Chapters include: introduction; screening and assessment; mental health and substance abuse treatment; use of seclusion, segregation, and restraints; suicide prevention; treating women offenders; psychopharmacological intervention for psychiatric disorders; transitional services; treatment of special populations (e.g., persons with mental retardation or developme... Read More
91 p.
Document 016721
Correctional Health Care: Women Offenders [Lesson Plans and Participant's Manual]; Prison Health Care: Women Offenders
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO); National Institute of Corrections. Prisons Division (Washington, DC).
The unique challenges of providing health care to women incarcerated in adult facilities are discussed during this 20-hour training program. Sections of this manual cover: objectives and overview; managing women offenders; litigation issues; health issues; mental health issues; creating infrastructure; substance abuse and women; co-occurring; infectious diseases; crisis intervention; and final action plans.... Read More
2 v. (v.1 - ca. 185 p., v.2 - ca. 175 p.)
Document 017857
Commission on the Status of Mental Health of Iowa's Corrections Population
Community Corrections Improvement Association (Cedar Rapids, IA); Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Princeton, NJ); Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (Cedar Rapids, IA); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); Council of State Governments (Lexington, KY). State Public Policy Group, Inc. (Cedar Rapids, IA) .
The effects of an increasing number of offenders with serious mental health problems are investigated. Sections of this report include: executive summary; introduction and purpose; methodology/overview of effort; hearings summary; findings; and the survey report which identifies unfulfilled mandates, non-uniform performance, a sense of urgency for problem solution, the desire for community-based correctional settings, and overwhelming support for solutions existing within Iowa's correctional sy... Read More
39 pages
Document 012934
Proceedings of a National Forum on Creating Jail Mental Health Services for Tomorrow's Health Care Systems
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Center for Mental Health Services (Washington, DC).
This report on the proceedings of the first national forum on mental health services in jails contains copies of the remarks made by the speakers and summaries of each session of the meeting. The forum resulted from a strong concern about the numbers of mentally ill persons in correctional facilities. Areas of focus included mental health services in San Francisco Sheriff's Department facilities, and special mental health and substance abuse issues for women.... Read More
75 p.
Document 012252
Concept Paper for a National Forum on Creating Jail Mental Health Systems, San Francisco, CA, November 9-10, 1994
National Institute of Corrections. Jails Division (Longmont, CO); National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC). Policy Research Associates (Delmar, NY); U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Center for Mental Health Services (Washington, DC).
This concept paper examines mentally ill offenders and their special needs that must be addressed when they come in contact with the criminal justice system. The various points of contact are with police, jails/lockups, prisons, probation and parole, and diversion programs. Some principles for successful mental health services and prospects for federal initiatives are discussed. Finally, there is a section describing the Center for Mental Health Services program which illustrates the hom... Read More
96 p.
Document 008754
Jail Diversion for the Mentally Ill: Breaking Through the Barriers
By Steadman, Henry J.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Coalition for the Mentally Ill in the Criminal Justice System (Seattle, WA).
A conference was held on April 2, 1990 that brought together mental health, correctional, and law enforcement professionals to address issues surrounding the mentally ill person who comes in contact with the local jail. Research and program reviews from which the conference deliberations developed are provided. Four categories identified and examined are: screening and evaluation; crisis intervention; treatment; and transfer/discharge planning. ... Read More
133 p.
Document 009271
Special Needs Inmates: A Survey of State Correctional Systems
By Hall, Marie. National Institute of Corrections National Academy of Corrections (Boulder, CO). Illinois Dept. of Corrections (Springfield, IL).
The Illinois Department of Corrections conducted a survey of all 50 states to determine the prevalence of inmates who have special medical or mental health needs. Within the 31 states responding, .08 percent to 8.2 percent of prison inmates fell into various special housing categories. These categories included chronic illness, terminally ill, advancing age, ambulation difficulties, and mental health problems.... Read More
34 p.
Document 005425
Basic Guide to Mental Health Services in Jails: The Workbook
By Lloyd, Lillis M.. Correctional Management Consultants (Phoenix, AZ); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
Areas addressed include history of mental health in jails, major types of mental disorders, personality disorders, suicide awareness/prevention, and liability and negligence. Length of training is sixteen hours. Audience includes correctional professionals such as officers, mental health staff, social workers, counselors, nurses, and intake and classification workers. The training package consists of a one-volume manual.... Read More
120 p.
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