New Report Helps Policymakers Better Respond to People with Mental Health Needs in the Criminal Justice System

NEW YORK, NY – The Vera Institute of Justice today released a new report containing recommendations on how to reduce the disproportionate contact that people with mental illness have with the criminal justice system. It proposes a “first episode incarceration” framework—modeled after promising approaches to treating people with serious mental illness by responding to their first psychotic episode—that emphasizes early intervention; a recognition of other factors besides illness that contribute to criminal behavior, such as a lack of housing; and an ultimate goal of recovery.

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New Report Helps Policymakers Better Respond to People with Mental Health Needs in the Criminal Justice System

NEW YORK, NY – The Vera Institute of Justice today released a new report containing recommendations on how to reduce the disproportionate contact that people with mental illness have with the criminal justice system. It proposes a “first episode incarceration” framework—modeled after promising approaches to treating people with serious mental illness by responding to their first psychotic episode—that emphasizes early intervention; a recognition of other factors besides illness that contribute to criminal behavior, such as a lack of housing; and an ultimate goal of recovery.

To read the full original article, click here.

To read the full report, click here.

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