SAMHSA sponsored webinar – Criminal Justice and the Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI)

National Council for Behavioral Health

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A SAMHSA sponsored webinar, “Criminal Justice and the Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI)”, developed under contract by the National Council for Behavioral Health, will take place Thursday, June 28 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. ET.

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Description:  A 2010 report from the Treatment Advocacy Center found that jails and prisons have more than three times the individuals living with serious mental illness than hospitals. Labeled as the “new mental hospitals or asylums,” at least 16 percent of inmates currently in jails and prisons have a serious mental illness compared to 6.4 percent in 1983. Unless gaps in care for these individuals are identified and effective patient-centered interventions are implemented, this problem will persist and potentially worsen.

Attendees of this webinar will learn about the factors contributing to the current situation, gaps in the systems, how to improve access to care in the community and the role of diversion programs such as Mental Health Courts and Drug Courts in decreasing criminalization of serious mental illness and substance use disorders.

Presenter: Angeline Stanislaus, MD, Chief Medical Director of Adult Services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health

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