In order to access the treatment available in mental health or drug courts, a person must first plead guilty to a crime and be subject to incarceration. Evaluation of mental health and drug courts have shown questionable efficacy and significant challenges. A much better option is to explore the use of pre-booking diversion. People with mental health problems come into contact with police for factors related to their mental health problems.
These factors should not be a reason for incarceration. When possible, individuals who do come in contact with police should be diverted to other options like treatment or peer run crisis respite models and never sent to the police station for booking. If there is a correlation between access to mental health care and incarceration the next important step is to research how systemic changes in access to mental health care can cause a reduction in incarceration.
Treatment such as Assertive Community Treatment and Multisystemic Therapy already have strong evidence for reducing days of incarceration. Investing in mental health and substance use services for all people will reduce the likelihood that individuals will ever face incarceration in their lifetime. When people enter into the criminal justice system, their access to treatment changes. Many will lose insurance benefits and services. For those who begin receiving services while incarcerated, many lose access, sometimes immediately, when they return to the community.
This can be particularly dangerous for people who suddenly lose access to prescribed medications. To ensure the best possible outcomes for individuals, which includes keeping them out of jails and prisons, it is essential that we create systems that support people as they transition both in and out of incarceration.
People should receive appropriate supports while incarcerated and have a plan that connects them to community-based services and with adequate insurance coverage prior to returning to the community. To prevent incarceration, we must begin early and support students in schools. Students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be suspended. The research and experiences of many people show the number points at which we can intervene and keep kids in schools.
Things like Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, screening, and community based resources can keep kids connected and in their communities. In order to have the best outcomes both for individuals and for society, we must provide students supports where they are—in school. The links on this page may contain document data that requires additional software to open:. Search form Search.
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