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Commentary: bridging the gaps for former inmates with serious mental illness.

Authors
  • Tamburello, Anthony C
  • Selhi, Zoë
Type
Published Article
Journal
The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2013
Volume
41
Issue
4
Pages
510–513
Identifiers
PMID: 24335322
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Serious mental illness is a prominent and vexing problem within the correctional systems of North America. Simpson and colleagues draw attention to the epidemiology, special characteristics, and management problems relevant to Canadian inmates with serious mental illness. Of great interest to those in the forensic psychiatric field is the matter of continuation of care for mentally ill prisoners, in that untreated or undertreated psychiatric problems are strongly associated with poor social functioning and criminal recidivism. In this commentary, we expand on the discussion in Simpson et al. of the effectiveness of assertive community treatment teams for those former inmates at greatest risk for future involvement with the criminal justice system. We also propose outpatient civil commitment as one strategy to facilitate the successful return of select inmate patients to the community.

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