Experiences of consumers with mental illness in the jails of North Carolina: Lessons for policy change

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Melissa Floyd-Pickard, Professor and Department Chair (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: This study aimed to explore the experiences of people with mental illnesses and their collaterals in the jails of North Carolina. Participants were interviewed by study personnel using semistructured interviews. Study recommendations that emerged for changes to increase the care that inmates with mental illnesses receive included: (1) conceptualizing care at all stages of incarceration process; (2) involving family when possible, reworking privacy procedures; and (3) increasing skills for working with treatment-resistant populations throughout the process. As part of a sister study, the authors were successful in stimulating policy change at the state level and describe this process.

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Journal of Policy Practice, 9(1), 54-64.
Language: English
Date: 2010
jails, mental health treatment, jail diversion, policy change, county jails, incarceration, mental illness

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