Title

Co-Occurring Disorders Among Jail Inmates: Bridging the Treatment Gap

Publication Date

6-1-2003

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This paper presents findings based on a retrospective review of health and mental health records of 359 mentally ill jail inmates. Regardless of demographic group, substance-related disorders are the most prevalent disorder. Sixty-seven percent of the sample had a substance-related disorder, 37% an adjustment disorder, 23% a mood disorder, and 12% had schizophrenia or another psychotic disorder. Comorbidity was extensive with close to 45% of the sample having both a substance-related disorder and an additional major mental illness. Study findings indicate that there is a great need to strengthen services and create jail-community linkages for inmates with comorbid mental health and substance abuse disorders. Innovative program and resource information are provided.

Publication Title

Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions

Volume

3

Issue

3

First Page

63

Last Page

85

DOI

10.1300/J160v03n03_05

Version

pre-print, post-print

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