J. Steven Lamberti, MD


New Approaches to Preventing Incarceration of Severely Mentally Ill Adults

June 01, 2004

Adults who are severely mentally ill are over-represented in U.S. jails and prisons, leading to an interface between the mental health and criminal justice systems. New intervention strategies involving both systems, such as mental health courts and forensic assertive community treatment, could divert patients away from the criminal justice system and promote engagement in community-based treatment and support services.