Background Because of continuing concern regarding the inadequacy of existing NHS provision for mentally disordered remand prisoners, the Bentham Unit was commissioned as a pilot project to provide rapid assessment and, where appropriate, hospital admission for such prisoners from the former North West Thames catchment area.
Method Information is presented on the 150 referrals and 62 admissions in the first year ofthe service's operation.
Results The service metthe Reed Report targets for assessment time.
Most ofthose referred were previously known to psychiatric services.
The alleged offences were more serious than anticipated.
Those admitted were transferred to appropriate services at the conclusion oftheir court cases, and remained in contact with services three months later.
Waiting for the conclusion of court proceedings significantly prolonged the length of stay.
Substantial cost transfers from the criminal justice system to the health system were evident.
Conclusions Adequate services for mentally disordered remand prisoners are entirely achievable ; provision of such services is a resource issue, not a clinical problem.
Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble psychiatrique, Milieu carcéral, Délinquance, Trouble comportement social, Hospitalisation, Admission hôpital, Pratique professionnelle, Ethique, Homme, Prisonnier
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mental disorder, Carceral environment, Delinquency, Social behavior disorder, Hospitalization, Hospital admission, Professional practice, Ethics, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0350008
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 12/09/1997.