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Efficacy of a Mental Health Court in Reducing Recidivism for Individuals with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness and Comorbid Substance Use Disorders

Title: The Efficacy of a Mental Health Court in Reducing Recidivism for Individuals with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness and Comorbid Substance Use Disorders.
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Name(s): Gallagher, Amanda E., author
Carbonell, Joyce, professor directing dissertation
Gertz, Marc, university representative
Taylor, Jeanette, committee member
Cougle, Jesse, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The current study examined the efficacy of a specialized mental health court in reducing recidivism for severely mentally ill defendants with comorbid substance use disorders. There is a wealth of research supporting the efficacy of mental health courts in reducing recidivism for those with severe mental illness; however, the benefit of these courts for individuals with severe mental illness and comorbid substance use disorders has received limited empirical attention. A court database of defendants (n=514) who were enrolled in a traditional adversarial court or a specialized mental health court was examined in this study. Recidivism was assessed across different outcome variables: frequency, severity, and length of time to reoffend. When compared to participants in traditional adversarial court, enrollment in mental health court was associated with a greater length of time to rearrest and a reduction in the number of participants who were rearrested. Group differences between those with and without comorbid substance use disorders who were enrolled in the mental health court were not found across recidivism outcome metrics. Limitations and future directions for research are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-8989 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: June 26, 2014.
Keywords: Mental Health Court, Serious Mental Illness, Substance Use
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Joyce Carbonell, Professor Directing Dissertation; Marc Gertz, University Representative; Jeanette Taylor, Committee Member; Jesse Cougle, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
Neurosciences
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-8989
Owner Institution: FSU

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Gallagher, A. E. (2014). The Efficacy of a Mental Health Court in Reducing Recidivism for Individuals with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness and Comorbid Substance Use Disorders. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-8989