Evaluating the effectiveness of residential treatment for prisoners with mental illness

Citation
D. Lovell et al., Evaluating the effectiveness of residential treatment for prisoners with mental illness, CRIM JUST B, 28(1), 2001, pp. 83-104
Citations number
33
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR
ISSN journal
0093-8548 → ACNP
Volume
28
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
83 - 104
Database
ISI
SICI code
0093-8548(200102)28:1<83:ETEORT>2.0.ZU;2-N
Abstract
An intermediate-care residential program for mentally ill male prison inmat es in Washington provides medication monitoring, skills training, and a sup portive milieu to help participants cope with life in prison. Participants were substantially less symptomatic when they left the program than when th ey entered. Comparisons of preprogram and postprogram behavior showed signi ficant reductions in staff assaults, infractions, and use of expensive reso urces, as well as higher rates of work and school participation. A minority of inmates continued to be difficult to manage despite program interventio ns. Effectiveness measures are discussed in relation to the obligation to p rovide medically necessary care to inmates with severe mental illness.