The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore correctional mental health clinicians’ views of the role mental illness plays in offending behavior, barriers to effective treatment and receptiveness to criminogenic interventions. The sample consisted of 15 mental health clinicians working in an urban jail. The consensus among participants that was untreated mental illness is a vulnerability factor leading to criminal risk factors. As such, limited support was found for the criminalization hypothesis. There was general endorsement of implementing criminogenic interventions to target criminal risk factors. Barriers to effective treatment largely pertained to lack of collaboration with the sheriff’s department and environmental constraints. There was a perceived need for increased community services for continuity of care of inmates following release. The results suggest that social workers should advocate for an integrated treatment approach to target criminal risk factors in addition to mental health needs.
|Commitee:||Brocato, Jo, Chambers, Ruth|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Social work|
|Keywords:||Criminogenic interventions, Criminogenic needs, Jails, Mental illness, Offenders, Recidivism|
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