Specialty Mental Health Probation Approaches in Urban and Rural Settings: Outcomes and Implementation Challenges
Methods: A randomized controlled trial of specialty mental health probation was conducted in a large urban county and a small rural county located in in a southeastern state. Data on standardized measures of functioning, substance abuse, stigma, and engagement were collected in addition to criminal justice and mental health outcomes.
Results: Early findings about the challenges and barriers to implementing specialty mental health probation will be presented as well as the implementation challenges of conducting a randomized controlled trial of SMHP across rural and urban settings. Preliminary six-month outcomes will be presented for probationers with severe mental illness who received SMHP and probationers who received standard probation.
Implications: SMHPs have been broadly disseminated without a clear evidence base. This research has the potential to grow the evidence for SMHPs and its findings promise to have a significant public health and public safety impact for thousands of probationers with mental illness at the nexus of the public mental health and criminal justice systems.
Learning Areas:Social and behavioral sciences
Discuss the barriers and facilitators of implementing SMHP across rural and urban settings. Describe the preliminary outcomes of a randomized controlled trial of SMHP.
Keyword(s): Mental Health, Criminal Justice
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 10 years of experience as a mental health services researcher and as a Principal Investigator of numerous studies focused on persons with severe mental illness, especially those involved with the criminal justice system.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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