E Pluribus Unum: Creating a Multi-Organizational Structure for Serving Arrestees with Serious Mental Illness
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Criminal Law; Law Enforcement; Mental Health Services; Community Mental Health Services
Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology
Citation: Jonathan C. Clayfield, Albert J. Grudzinskas, William H. Fisher, Kristen Roy-Bujnowski (2005), E Pluribus Unum: Creating a Multi-Organizational Structure for Serving Arrestees with Serious Mental Illness, in Professor Ted I. K. Youn. (ed.) The Organizational Response to Persons with Mental Illness Involved with the Criminal Justice System (Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, Volume 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.27-49. DOI: 10.1016/S0196-1152(05)12002-X
Summary: Large numbers of adults with mental illness detained by police, seen in the courts, and confined in prisons and jails has been a longstanding concern of officials in the mental health and criminal justice systems. Diversion programs represent an important strategy to counteract the criminalization of persons with mental illness. The challenge is to identify and integrate resources in such a way that an organization bridging the police, courts, mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, welfare and entitlements agencies would evolve that would effectively and appropriately serve offenders with mental health issues, keeping them stable in the community and reducing recidivism.