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|Title: ||Offenders with mental health issues : community re-entry and reintegration|
|Authors: ||Blenkinsopp, Stephen|
|Keywords: ||Mentally ill offenders -- Australia -- Rehabilitation.|
Prisoners -- Mental health services -- Australia.
Reintergration -- Australia.
Community-based corrections -- Australia.
|Issue Date: ||31-Dec-2010|
|Publisher: ||Brush Farm Corrective Services Academy|
|Series/Report no.: ||Australasian Journal of Correctional Staff Development;v.5|
|Abstract: ||Correctional systems worldwide deal with high volumes of people with addiction issues, low selfesteem, poor resilience and little possibility of recovery or harmonious integration into communities, without significant help from skilled professionals and an adjustment in community attitudes. There is an increasing recognition that prisoners carry a considerable load in lesser forms of mental illness; conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress related conditions affect the majority of prisoners. The purpose of this paper is to: describe and compare worldwide and Australian trends and the prevalence of mental illness; outline the key issues of whole of government responses and community engagement in the development of coherent mental health services; and to make strategic recommendations that have the potential to improve the management
of re-entry processes for released offenders with mental health issues Australia wide.
The paper will argue that coherent mental health services assist in the development and
promotion of a healthy and vibrant society. Corrective Services have a meaningful role to play in this development and the challenge will be to develop a suite of skills that will ensure successful
engagement across boundaries. Importantly, Corrective Services need to provide strong and effective leadership to develop a culture that promotes cooperation and collaboration across agencies and the community.|
|Appears in Collections:||AJCSD|
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