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Jail Screening Assessment Tool (JSAT)

The Jail Screening Assessment Tool (JSAT) is a set of questions designed to determine mental health needs of newly admitted inmates and identify those prisoners who need mental health treatment or pose a risk to themselves or others. By identifying those individuals in need of mental health treatment upon intake, the JSAT can aid with efficiently determining appropriate placement and effective treatment locales and programs for entering inmates. First developed in Canada in 1991, this tool has been adopted successfully in correctional settings in such additional countries as the United States and Australia. This entry first provides an overview of mental disorders and mental health screenings in correctional settings; then, the entry focuses on the JSAT: its key characteristics and research evidence.

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