Most psychiatric disorders — including depression — do not predict future violent behavior, according to new Northwestern Medicine longitudinal study of delinquent youth. The only exception is substance abuse and dependence.
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Ohio is trying to keep those get better help outside prison system. A state program sends experts in to prisons to start working with mentally ill inmates 90 days before they’re to be released. And the state also put $1.5 million in the last budget to link up county jails and local alcohol, drug addiction and mental health boards to help connect people with treatment before they’re released.
Frequently, individuals with mental illness who become involved with the justice system are ensnared in a “revolving door.” They are shunted between ER assessments, arrests and short- term stays in psychiatric units and jails. The result: inconsistent access and engagement with the mental health system.
But with the way our society operates, I may have been better off had I been motivated by evil, anger, greed or malice and been found guilty. Society understands malice. We understand retribution. But we do not understand mental illness and are often unable to see the humanity in those with mental illness.
More than a half-million adults who said they wanted help with their serious mental conditions last year couldn’t get it because they lacked the resources and weren’t eligible for Medicaid to pay for treatment, a new study from the American Mental Health Counselors Association finds.
California prison officials said Friday they are changing state policy so mentally ill inmates who act out can get counseling instead of being automatically sent to isolation cells or kept in prison longer. It is the latest in a series of policy shifts after a federal judge ruled a year ago that the state’s treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.
The two-year study at New York’s sprawling Rikers Island jail complex concluded with a bold recommendation to remove health workers entirely from the most contentious issue they face — whether to put an inmate in solitary. That’s because many doctors believe the confinement, which involves 23-hour stretches of isolation, could harm inmates.
A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction against the state of Washington for violating the constitutional rights of mentally ill people who wait long periods in jail for treatment, saying they can’t be held in custody for more than seven days without an evaluation.
Florida legislators have proposed at least 22 bills that make the most dramatic changes to the state’s mental health delivery system in decades. But there is a catch: the reform effort would also end the system’s dependence on not-for-profit managed care providers and would open the door to for-profit managed care companies to compete for the $506 million in state business.
Many health care providers see great potential benefit to integrating patients’ mental and physical health records, and making those records accessible to all providers through a unified system. So far, however, federal subsidies offered since 2009 to promote electronic health record-sharing have not been available to mental health clinics, psychologists, or psychiatric hospitals.