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Treatment: Intersection with Criminal Justice

  • Jada Hector
  • David Khey
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Abstract

When hearing the terms “mental health” or “mental illness,” the stereotype is to think of “crazy.” This stereotypical image is of a person suffering from radical delusions and/or hallucinations, which is also often associated with violence. This common distortion of the realities of mental illness is certainly one leading reason why data collection is important. That is, the best way to combat stereotypes and educate the public on the true face of mental health or mental illness is to gather and deploy factual information. These facts detailing the actual number of people diagnosed with a mental illness help with educating the public of problems in their community. Additionally, friends and families can better understand the needs of their loved ones. Communities can create ways to address the needs of those with a diagnosis or help to prevent symptoms before onset occurs.

This chapter addresses a variety of interventions possible and services available in communities to address mental illness, its symptoms, and the collateral consequences of mental health issues (e.g., family stress and strains, homelessness, unemployment/underemployment, etc.). Oftentimes, local social service agencies keep a resource guidebook on hand to assist employees working with clients in connecting people with the resources they may need or serve as a self-help tool for individuals to seek the services which they may feel that they need. The resources and services listed in this chapter serve as a generic blueprint of the core of the majority of these resource guides that every student of crime and mental health should have in their mental rolodex—the essentials of mental health care in American communities

Keywords

Treatment Access to treatment Medical coverage Comprehensive care Stigma Co-occurring disorders Public housing Detoxification Rehabilitation Support services Medication management 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jada Hector
    • 1
  • David Khey
    • 2
  1. 1.New OrleansUSA
  2. 2.University of LouisianaLafayetteUSA

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