Serving Mentally Ill Offenders: Challenges & Opportunities for Mental Health Professionals

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Gerald Landsberg, DSW, Marjorie Rock, Dr.PH, Lawerence K.W. Berg, PhD, Esq.
Springer Publishing Company, Jan 10, 2002 - Psychology - 368 pages
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This comprehensive book addresses the complex issues associated with the criminalization of mentally ill offenders in the United States and the ways in which social workers and other mental health professionals can best channel their efforts to create better services and treatment.

Specialists in law enforcement, community-based mental health and outreach, the legal community, the corrections environment, and substance abuse providers present best practices and programs that offer rehabilitation alternatives to mentally ill offenders.

Unique to this volume is the perspective provided by key players of the criminal justice system including a judge, a prosecutor, an advocate, a defense attorney, and a mentally ill offender. The last section provides in-depth research into the challenges of placing the dually-diagnosed offender into alternative-to-incarceration programs.

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