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Serving Mentally Ill Offenders

Serving Mentally Ill Offenders

SKU# 9780826115041

Challenges & Opportunities for Mental Health Professionals


  • Gerald Landsberg DSW
  • Marjorie Rock Dr.PH
  • Lawerence Berg PhD, Esq.

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This comprehensive book addresses the complex issues associated with the criminalization of mentally ill offenders in the United States and the ways in which social workers and other mental health professionals can best channel their efforts to create better services and treatment.

Specialists in law enforcement, community-based mental health and outreach, the legal community, the corrections environment, and substance abuse providers present best practices and programs that offer rehabilitation alternatives to mentally ill offenders.

Unique to this volume is the perspective provided by key players of the criminal justice system including a judge, a prosecutor, an advocate, a defense attorney, and a mentally ill offender. The last section provides in-depth research into the challenges of placing the dually-diagnosed offender into alternative-to-incarceration programs.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 10, 2002
  • Page Count 368
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826115041
  • EISBN 9780826197238

Table of Contents 

    Part I: Jail/Prison Services for Incarcerted Populations
  1. Lane County Adult Corrections Mental Health Services, Lane County Oregon, R.K. Sherman
  2. Oswego Mental Health Forensic Mental Health Program, Oswego, NY, J. Dean

  3. Part II: Community-Based Diversion Programs
  4. Section One: Police/Mental Health Linked Programs
  5. Overview: The Law Enforcement Response to Social Problems: Mental Health As a Case in Point, G.T. Patterson
  6. The Development and Implementation of a Plice/Mental Health Training Program in a Large Urban Environment, M. Rock
  7. The Memphis CIT Model, R.T. Dupont and C.S. Cochran
  8. The Birmingham Police Department Community Service Officer Unit, V. B. Burnett, B.C. Henderson, S.D. Nolan, et al
  9. Section Two: Community Programs
  10. Criminal Justice Diversion of Individuals with Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Use Disorders: An Overview, N. Broner, R. Borum and K. Gawley
  11. Jail Diversion in a Managed Care Environment: The Arizona Experience, M. Franczak and M.S. Shafer
  12. Friends of Island Academy, B. Navon
  13. Broward’s Mental Health Court: An Innovative Approach to the Mentally Disabled in the Criminal Justice System, G. Lerner-Wren
  14. Preventing Incarceration of Adults with Severe Mental Illness: Project Link, J.S. Lamberti and R.L. Weisman
  15. New York City’s System of Criminal Justice Mental Health Services, S.S. Lamon, N.L. Cohen and N. Broner

  16. Part III: Serving Emotionally Disturbed Women
  17. Overview: Working with Women in Jails. Developing a Gender-Based Network of Services for Strengthening Women and Their Families, S. Salasin
  18. Maryland’s Programs for Incarcerated Women with Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Disorders, J. Gillece and B.G. Russell
  19. A Gender-Specific Intervention Model for Incarcerated Women: women’s V.O.I.C.E.S. (Validation Opportunity Inspiration Communication Empowerment Safety), K. Decou with S.V. Wright

  20. Part IV: Serving the Victims of Mentally Ill Offenders
  21. Elder Abuse and Forensic Mentally Ill Abusers, P. Brownell, J. Berman, A. Salamone, et al
  22. Identifying and Addressing the Needs of Victims of Mentally Ill Offenders, G. Landsberg, M. Rock and M. Frank

  23. Part V: Perspectives from the Legal System--Issues for Social Workers
  24. A Judge’s Perspective, M.G. Karopkin
  25. Social Workers as Advocates for Mentally Ill Criminal Defendants/Inmates, H. Barr
  26. Observations of a Criminal Defense Attorney, M.E. Anderson
  27. Someone Had to Stop the Spinning: The Prosecutor’s Role in an Unlikely Alliance Called “Mental Health Court”, L. Cohen
  28. A Personal Experience, S. Wachtler
  29. Implementing Kendra’s Law, N.L. Cohen, S.S. Lamon and N. Katz