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The Correctional Mental Health Handbook is the first book to offer a comprehensive overview of the services provided by correctional mental health professionals for the various populations found in correctional programs and facilities. Edited by Thomas J. Fagan and Robert K. Ax, experts with over 40 years of correctional mental health experience, this unique handbook is divided into three sections. The first section provides a flexible model for organizing mental health services based on staffing levels, facility mission, and local need. The second section considers typical offender problems in many correctional systems and how they are customarily managed. The third section presents various clinical and consultative activities offered by mental health professionals within correctional settings. While the main audience will be correctional mental health professionals and academics involved with training correctional mental health professionals, the Correctional Mental Health Handbook is also an ideal primer for graduate students studying corrections in criminal justice programs. For the student preparing to enter the correctional mental health profession, this indispensable text explains the general characteristics and treatment needs of specific inmate populations including: substance dependent offenders, female offenders, sexual predators, and juvenile offenders.      

Mental Health in Corrections: A Model for Service Delivery
Mental health in corrections: A model for service delivery
Thomas J.Fagan

The housing and treatment of both criminal offenders and individuals with mental disorders in prisons and jails has been a recurring theme in corrections since confinement became a socially accepted means of punishment (Roberts, 1997). As early as the 1600s, when workhouses were the punishment of the day in Europe, there are documented cases in which relatives confined unruly family members rather than having these individuals tarnish the families' reputations (Spierenburg, 1995). To accomplish this, family members were required to petition a magistrate for permission to confine these individuals. Although many of these noncriminal individuals worked, a minority—usually from wealthy or distinguished families—were able to avoid labor ...

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