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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 Professionals as Institutional Consultants and Problem Solvers
Mental health professionals as institutional consultants and problem solvers
JoelDvoskin, Erin M.Spiers, and Steven E.Pitt

The incarcerated population in the United States continues to grow at an exceptional rate. From the end of 1990 to mid-1999, federal, state, and local correctional institutions took in an additional 83,743 inmates each year, or 1,610 new inmates per week (U.S. Department of Justice, 2000a). By the end of 1999, state prisons were reported to be operating between 1% and 17% over capacity, while the federal prison system was estimated to be operating at 32% over capacity (U.S. Department of Justice, 2000b).

Commensurate with the increasing correctional population is the number of prisoners with mental illness (see Chapter 6). According to the American ...

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