Title

Predictors of Placement on a Jail Mental Health Unit: Assessing Equitable Access to Care

Publication Date

1-1-2003

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This paper presents findings about the clinical, criminal, and demographic characteristics associated with placement of inmates on the mental health unit of a county jail. Access to intensive mental health services was examined through retrospective review of the health and mental health records of 290 male and female jail inmates. Prior psychiatric treatment, use of greater numbers of illegal drugs, more days in jail, and being female were significantly associated with placement on the mental health unit. Overall, women of all races/ethnicities had greater health and mental health problems as measured by the clinical variables than men of all races/ethnicities.

Publication Title

Journal of Correctional Health Care

Volume

9

Issue

4

First Page

399

Last Page

423

DOI

10.1177/107834580300900404

Version

pre-print, post-print

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