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Court-based psychiatric assessment: Case for an integrated diversionary and public health role

Green, G and Smith, R and South, N (2005) 'Court-based psychiatric assessment: Case for an integrated diversionary and public health role.' Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 16 (3). 577 - 591. ISSN 1478-9949

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Abstract

This article describes a follow-up study of 232 individuals who underwent psychiatric assessment by a Criminal Justice Mental Health Team (CJMHT) in 2001/2002, and also draws upon in-depth interviews conducted with 26 of the cohort. At assessment many people are identified with substance misuse problems, as homeless and with a history of psychiatric contact but in the main their problems are of insufficient severity to merit diversion to psychiatric hospital. The study mapped service contact, housing and offending in the 12 months following assessment and compared this to the 12 months prior to assessment, and found increased levels of service contact but also increased levels of offending and no decrease in homelessness. Thus assessment by the CJMHT brought few discernible advantages for the majority of clients. This was also the perception of the 26 clients who were interviewed. Their own perceptions of their lifestyle and the support that they deemed most valuable are described to identify means of enhancing the efficacy of court assessment. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Group Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elena Pupaza
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2015 15:16
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 00:16
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10967

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