Co-Occurring Disorders Among Jail Inmates: Bridging the Treatment Gap
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.
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Young, Diane S., "Co-Occurring Disorders Among Jail Inmates: Bridging the Treatment Gap" (2003). Social Work & Criminal Justice Publications. 409.