Diversion of persons with mental illness from jail: Intervention outcomes across ten county jails

Diversion of persons with mental illness from jail: Intervention outcomes across ten county jails

 

Professor Sheryl Kubiak

Professor, School of Social Work, Michigan State University, USA

2-3pm Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney

Abstract: 

Within the United States, between a quarter and one third of those entering county jails have a serious mental illness. It has been suggested that using a Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) to identify salient points of intervention across the criminal legal continuum, may be one method of decreasing the number of individual with serious mental illness (SMI) entering local jails. Using this SIM approach, ten counties in Michigan have been working with the Governor’s Diversion Council, the Department of Health and Human Services and a university evaluation team to improve identification of and responses to individuals with SMI involved in the criminal justice system. This presentation details the system and project based evaluations, emphasizing identification, referral, and treatment within jails, as well as outcomes related to recidivism and treatment engagement post release.

Event Date
Monday, 26 February 2018