A new mental health jail vs. community mental health treatment

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Excerpt from the piece by psychiatrist Dr. Terry Kupers, Equitas National Advisor. The problems with mistreatment of inmates with mental illness at Los Angeles County Jail, and the decision by the Board of Supervisors that Men’s Central Jail must be demolished, present Los Angeles with an important choice between two different approaches. One is to build a large “mental health …

Why I ended the horror of long-term solitary in Colorado’s prisons

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Why I Ended the Horror of Long-Term Solitary in Colorado’s Prisons By Rick Raemisch, Colorado Department of Corrections Director and Equitas National Advisor In Colorado, long-term solitary confinement used to be a tool that was regularly used in corrections. The problem is that it was not corrective at all. It was indiscriminate punishment that too often amounted to torture and did …

Dallas leverages data to address behavioral health needs of inmates

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In Dallas, the technology and clinical services company HarrisLogic is attempting to solve this problem using data-driven tools to determine the appropriate behavioral health services for prisoners. By pooling information from jails, police departments, emergency services, mental health and social services, courts, and hospitals, the company has saved Dallas County $30 million over the course of four years. The majority …

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Police encounter many people with mental-health crises. Could psychiatrists help?

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Police departments have become a de facto arm of the American mental-health system. Research suggests that about 2 million people with serious mental illness are booked into jails in the United States each year. A 2016 review of studies estimated that 1 in 4 people with mental illness has a history of police arrest. The Treatment Advocacy Center, a nonprofit that studies topics related …

When medication is essential to mental health

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 44.7 million adults in the U.S. currently live with mental illness, 19.2 million of whom are receiving treatment in the form of counseling and prescription medication. Still, in casual conversation, the mentally ill are often derided. Phrases like “what are you, off your meds?” and “stop acting crazy” serve as reminders that mentally …

What happens when schoolchildren live in violent neighborhoods?

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The effects are broader than previously known, a study finds. Researchers have shown — and teachers know — that schoolchildren exposed to neighborhood violence can have a tougher time learning, experiencing more stress and depression than their peers growing up in safe neighborhoods. But a Johns Hopkins University sociologist discovered that the consequences of neighborhood violence reach further than previously known, …

Police speak less respectfully to black drivers, study suggests

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One year after a succession of high-profile police shootings, researchers are still trying to better understand the delicate relationship between police and the communities they patrol. Now, instead of focusing on police use of force, some researchers are turning their attention to use of language. Read the full article here.

Police speak less respectfully to black drivers, study suggests

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One year after a succession of high-profile police shootings, researchers are still trying to better understand the delicate relationship between police and the communities they patrol. Now, instead of focusing on police use of force, some researchers are turning their attention to use of language. Read the full article here.

Lessons From Rikers Island

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Jails like Rikers—and the broken systems of which they are part—perpetuate inequality and injustice. The jail is a microcosm of everything wrong with America’s criminal-justice system—but may also offer a model for how it can be righted. Read the full article here.

Lessons From Rikers Island

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Jails like Rikers—and the broken systems of which they are part—perpetuate inequality and injustice. The jail is a microcosm of everything wrong with America’s criminal-justice system—but may also offer a model for how it can be righted. Read the full article here.