Sep 18, 2009

A Call to Action

The National Leadership Forum on Behavioral Health/Criminal Justice Services (NLF),established in 2008 to address common barriers to successful diversion and reentry, has recently published a report on the issue of addressing the needs of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system.

“Now, more than ever, as we strive to provide health care to our most vulnerable citizens, we must address this serious public health and public safety crisis.”

The report recommends eight essential evidence-based services for justice-involved people with mental illness: 1) Forensic Intensive Case Management; 2) Supportive Housing; 3) Peer Support; 4) Accessible and Appropriate Medication; 5) Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment; 6) Supported Employment; 7) Assertive Community Treatment; and, 8) Cognitive Behavioral Interventions Targeted to Risk Factors.

Read the full report-

Ending an American Tragedy: Addressing the Needs of Justice Involved People with Mental Illnesses and Co-Occurring Disorders

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