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The Role of Community Health Centers in Reentry for the Criminal Justice Involved Mentally Ill  

Author:  Michael D.  Campos.; Dave  LeonDidi .

Source: Volume 08, Number 02, March/April 2008 , pp.17-24(8)

Offender Substance Abuse Report

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Individuals leaving incarceration who have a history of psychiatric disorders, with or without co-occurring substance use disorders, have unique needs for reentry assistance. This paper focuses on the problem of community reentry assistance for prison inmates with psychiatric disorders, including those with substance disorder comorbidity. It discusses mental illness and incarceration and issues in reentry planning, and it proposes an increased role for community mental health centers in meeting the mental health needs of formerly incarcerated individuals.

Keywords: mental health; reentry

Affiliations:  1: UCLA; 2: Hirsch Community Mental Health Center, Culver City, CA.

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