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Mental Health, Mental Health Courts, and Minorities

  • Lara Nochomovitz
  • Franklin J. Hickman
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Introduction

Racial and ethnic minorities are less likely than their white counterparts to receive mental health services. Experts agree that, regardless of race or ethnicity, the majority of people with diagnosable disorders do not receive needed treatment (Office of the Surgeon General, 1999), while membership in a racial or ethnic minority1 exacerbates the barriers to receiving mental health treatment. A report completed by the Surgeon General found that mental health services are less available to minorities, minorities have less access to mental health services, and the quality of mental health services that minorities receive is likely to be of comparatively poor quality. The disparities in the availability of services are attributable to cost, fragmentation of services, stigma associated with mental illness, mistrust and fear of treatment, racism and discrimination, and differences in language and communication (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1999).

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Mental Illness Criminal Justice System Supplemental Security Income Social Service Agency Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hickman & Lowder Co., L.P.A., Penton BuildingCleveland

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