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Working With People With Mental Illness Involved in the Criminal Justice System: What Mental Health Providers Need to Know

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About the Course

This course focuses on improving services for mentally ill individuals involved in or with a history of involvement in the criminal justice system. Information is given for mental health providers to review about the workings of the criminal justice system, how it impacts upon the needs of the mentally ill, and how services can be enhanced for those individuals. Specific topics addressed include changing the way the criminal justice system effects the mentally ill, components of the justice system, and cooperative efforts between mental health professionals and the criminal justice system. References are provided for those seeking additional information.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Working With People With Mental Illness Involved in the Criminal Justice System: What Mental Health Providers Need to Know created by Jackie Massaro, LMSW

Publication Date:

February 2004

Course Material Author

Jackie Massaro, LMSW

Jackie Massaro, LMSW, is the Director of Training at Policy Research Associates, Inc. where she oversees development and delivery of training curricula and products. She is also the Director of STEP Technical Assistance and Training. She has extensive experience as a presenter and as a clinician, specializing in the area of persons with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. Ms. Massaro has authored numerous educational products for human service providers, criminal justice professionals and consumers of mental health services.

Jackie Massaro, LMSW authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Course Creator

Dan Rebek, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about working with the mentally ill in criminal justice settings and learning more about the criminal justice process as it pertains to mentally ill individuals. It is appropriate for all level of participants' knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe how the criminal justice system impacts people with mental illnesses.
  2. Identify ways the criminal justice system can be changed to enhance services for the mentally ill.
  3. Explain the components of the justice system.
  4. Evaluate ideas presented regarding ways in which mental health service provision within the criminal justice system can be enhanced/improved.

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The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.

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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Retired
Course Number 100933
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