Jamina Briggs Case Summary

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Jamina Briggs is a 32-year-old African American female initially admitted to Memphis Mental Health Institute (MMHI) August 1, 2013, pursuant to provisions of T.C.A. §33-7-301(a) for an evaluation and assessment of competency and mental condition at the time of the alleged offenses of two counts of first degree murder of her children. She was discharged on September 26, 2013 as not competent and a recommendation for commitment. On November 11, 2013 Ms. Briggs was admitted to Western Mental Health Institute (WMHI)for continued treatment and competency training pursuant to the provisions of T.C.A. §33-7-301(b). On April 4, 2015 Ms. Briggs was discharged from WMHI as competent with support for the insanity defense. Following the court’s decision of not guilty by reason of insanity, Ms. Briggs was evaluated by West Tennessee Forensics, an outpatient provider, and subsequently admitted to WMHI pursuant to provisions of T.C.A. §33-7-303(c). Aggressive and assaultive behaviors while at WMHI…show more content…
Briggs is diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Type. She is currently prescribed Benztropine, Clozapine, Fluoxetine, Vitamin D3, ER Lithium, Docusate Sodium, Hydroxyzine PAM, Topiramate, Ruflox, and Fluphenazine, Lorazepam, and Olanzapine for agitation. The FSP Treatment Team feels that Ms. Briggs has received maximum benefit from the program and that she can be successfully treated at the less secure facility at Western Mental Health Institute in Bolivar. Ms. Briggs seemed willing and expressed no hesitation regarding the transfer. After careful review of Ms. Briggs’ records and interviews, we feel that while still in need of inpatient treatment; Ms. Briggs no longer appears to require maximum security at FSP at this time. We concur with the recommendation of the FSP Treatment Team and conclude that the transfer to WMHI is in the best interest of the recipient, and would not jeopardize the safety of the staff or patients at the receiving

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