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Role Of Mental Illness In Prisons

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Closing Doors on Mental Institutions and Opening New One’s for Homelessness and Incarceration Millions of Americans suffer from a mental illness throughout the years, and a majority of them are not getting an adequate treatment. Individuals who experience a mental illness are found in populations such as the homeless and jails. Between one-fourth and one-third of the homeless population suffers from a serious mental illness (Folsom, Hawthorne, Lindamer, Gilmer, Bailey, Golshan, Garcia, Unutzer, Hough, Jeste, 2005) and at least 16 percent of inmates in jails and prisons suffer from a mental illness (treatment advocacy center 2010). The care for the mentally ill in mental institutions has been significantly cut down throughout the passing years.…show more content…
In order to receive a treatment, the patient must be cooperative and have will power to make a change for themselves. Often times, homeless people reject a treatment in housing because they consider the way they are going to be treated. If a homeless with a mental illness recalls bad experiences with their treatment most likely they wouldn’t like to come back or looking forward to find another kind of treatment. The problem becomes evident when the mental health community and the homeless person do not agree on expectations of each other’s role and needs. Mental health professionals have an interest for structure and supervision while the homeless mentally ill consider the neighborhood that they will be moving into, the amount of space that is available for them, and the safety that it offers them (Linhorst, 2015). Both parties definitely need to work together in order to make things work, but professionals serving the mentally ill really need to have in mind and understand the necessities of these individuals. Now the situation with the mentally ill in prisons is different considering their choices are limited. One of the ways to minimize problems with mentally inmates is to immediately recognize any kind of possible problems during the time they first arrive to jail. Once in jail the first thing to keep in mind is that the mentally ill need to receive an appropriate treatment. This can be done by the managing of psychiatric medications especially to those with a serious mentally illness and it is not necessary to be in a hospital setting to do this. At the time of release an inmate should be given a written plan for a psychiatric follow-up (Treatment Advocacy Center, 2014.) The result of this would be a decrease in inmates coming back to
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