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Services Matching Instrument (SMI)

Many assessments of mental illness (e.g., symptom checklists, diagnostic oriented symptom assessment) and criminal risk (e.g., level of criminal risk, criminal thinking) exist independently; however, the SMI is the first measure to simultaneously assess both symptoms of mental illness and criminal risk in one measure. Using a multifaceted approach to improved mental health functioning, reduced criminal risk, and reductions in psychiatric and criminal recidivism, specific constructs were identified as influential to the justice involved person with mental illness functioning (i.e., symptoms of mental illness, substance abuse, resilience, social support and occupational functioning, problem-solving skills, antisocial attitudes, antisocial associates). Items were then generated by the test developers to assess these target areas. This entry provides an overview of the SMI, exploring the need for this tool, ...

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