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The proportion of incarcerated adults with mental illness is approximately five times higher than persons in the general population, and individuals with psychotic disorders are nearly ten times more prevalent among individuals in the criminal justice system compared to the general population. These high rates of mental illness among individuals in the criminal justice system – coupled with an increased risk for probation violations, revocations and rearrests – pose significant challenges for state corrections agencies as well as mental health and substance use service providers. Both the mental health and criminal justice service systems must find ways to coordinate and collaborate across systems to meet the needs of adults with mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system.
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This presenter is supported through the partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Social Work and the NC AHEC Program.
Mental health clinicians (psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists), early intervention specialists, healthcare providers, public health workers, nurses, health educators, case managers who work with adults with mental illness in the criminal justice system.
At the conclusion of this session, participants will:
- Explain the relationship between mental illness and criminal justice involvement
- Identify core evidence-informed interventions for adults with mental illness in the criminal justice system
- Describe current examples of interventions in North Carolina aimed to increase mental health service engagement and improve criminal justice outcomes
- Explain the Sequential Intercept Model and what this means for interventions in communities
- Discuss strategies and examples of working across the mental health and criminal justice systems
- Tonya Van Deinse, PhD, MSW