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Participation in Mental Health Courts May Lessen Future Arrests

Criminal defendants who enter mental health court programs may perceive their treatment as significantly less voluntary than those not participating in such programs, but they appear to experience better outcomes, according to a study published in Psychiatric Services in Advance.Woojae Han, M.S.W., of the University of Albany, and Allison Redlich, Ph.D., of George Mason University compared the treatment outcomes of 357 defendants in mental health courts with 384 people with mental health problems who had recently entered the legal system, examining the impact of community mental health and substance abuse...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Tuesday, 24 November, 2015

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