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From referral to disposition: case processing in seven mental health courts.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15818604     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The number of mental health courts in the United States is rapidly increasing, from one in 1997 to nearly 100 in 2004. However, to date there is comparatively little research regarding these specialty courts. The present study reports data on the referral and disposition decision-making processes of seven mental health courts. Information on all referrals to the seven courts over a three-month period was gathered. Results show that, in comparison with individuals involved in the criminal justice system, mental health court clients are more likely to be older, White, and women than individuals in the general criminal justice system. Furthermore, this over-representation occurs at the point of referral, rather than at the point of the court's decision to accept or reject a referral. In addition, the length of time from referral to diversion is much longer in these mental health courts than in other types of diversion programs. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Henry J Steadman; Allison D Redlich; Patricia Griffin; John Petrila; John Monahan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Behavioral sciences & the law     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0735-3936     ISO Abbreviation:  Behav Sci Law     Publication Date:  2005  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-04-14     Completed Date:  2005-08-23     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8404861     Medline TA:  Behav Sci Law     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  215-26     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright (c) 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
PRA Inc., Albany, NY 12054, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Community Mental Health Services / legislation & jurisprudence*,  statistics & numerical data
Data Interpretation, Statistical
Judicial Role*
Likelihood Functions
Outcome Assessment (Health Care) / statistics & numerical data
Prisoners / legislation & jurisprudence*,  psychology
Prisons / legislation & jurisprudence*,  statistics & numerical data
Psychotic Disorders / epidemiology,  psychology,  rehabilitation*
Recurrence / prevention & control
Referral and Consultation / legislation & jurisprudence*,  statistics & numerical data
United States

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