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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.      

A Viable Future for Correctional Mental Health Care
A viable future for correctional mental health care
Robert K.Ax

Adisparate array of public and private health care systems currently leaves millions of Americans without regular access to medical, dental, and mental health care (Kovacs, 2000), with jails and prisons being the most dependable portals to treatment for many of these unfortunates. Other institutions—schools, families, and those of established religions—seem inadequate to socialize, educate, and acculturate, partly because, in an increasingly diverse and divided society, there is less agreement on what ought to constitute common and desirable values, knowledge, and conduct.

In contrast, the penal system continues to provide a reliable minimum return on investment and offers a sense, whether justified or not, of increased safety from crime and criminals, ...

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