Many jail inmates have severe psychiatric disorders (e.g., schizophrenia, major affective disorders).
The courts have mandated that detainees have a constitutional right to treatment.
We investigated what proportion of female jail detainees needed mental health services, what proportion received services, and what variables predicted who received services.
Trained interviewers administered a psychiatric evaluation (the NIMH Diagnostic Interview Schedule) to 1272 randomly selected female jail detainees during jail intake in a large Midwestern city.
Project staff then documented whether women subsequently received services, using records and case files.
Of the women who needed services, 23.5% received them while they were in jail.
Type of disorder, treatment history, and socio-demographic variables all affected the odds of a mentally ill woman's receiving services.
Correctional health care is a growing national public health problem.
The magnitude of mental health service needs far exceeds current resources.
Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble psychiatrique, Femme, Homme, Milieu carcéral, Besoin, Offre, Soin, Traitement, Santé mentale, Facteur sociodémographique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mental disorder, Woman, Human, Carceral environment, Need, Offer, Care, Treatment, Mental health
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0307349
Code Inist : 002B18H05A. Création : 15/07/1997.