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Public Sector Responses to Jail Mental Health: A Review with Recommendations for Future Research

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The history of public mental health intervention in the US has been uneven and in some instances is characterized by a strong overtone of neglect. While clinical research in primarily private settings has generated findings that give a strong sense of “what works” in mental health diagnosis and treatment, this review pays special attention to the distribution of mental illness among jailed populations. Local jail systems house a substantial number of mentally challenged individuals but receive less attention than is warranted given their numbers. This paper concludes with a plea for research with a focus on the community determinants of mental health systems in order to enhance delivery of services and increase the likelihood of reaching those most in need of mental health treatment.

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Helms, R. , Gutierrez, R. & Reeves-Gutierrez, D. (2014). Public Sector Responses to Jail Mental Health: A Review with Recommendations for Future Research. Sociology Mind, 4, 31-35. doi: 10.4236/sm.2014.41004.

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