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Program Evaluation for a Jail-Based Mental Health Treatment Program

Program Evaluation for a Jail-Based Mental Health Treatment Program,10.1177/1078345808318257,Journal of Correctional Health Care,Gina M. Hagar,Timothy

Program Evaluation for a Jail-Based Mental Health Treatment Program  
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This study evaluated a therapeutic program for mentally ill adult male inmates in segregation on the mental health unit of the Broward County (Florida) Jail. Archival records of all admissions to the Transitional Unit over a 1½-year period were examined to determine whether the program met three goals: (a) increased inmate socialization and engagement, (b) reduction in psychological symptomology, and (c) movement to a less restrictive environment. Significant differences were discovered between inmates who received fewer negative incident reports, complied with medication, and attended group, and those who were able to transfer to less restrictive housing. Furthermore, inmates in the study demonstrated a reduction in the intensity of symptomology over time. Findings suggest that the program is an effective alternative to segregation for a subgroup of inmates.
Journal: Journal of Correctional Health Care , vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 222-231, 2008
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