Mental health providers’ attitudes about criminal justice–Involved clients with serious mental illness

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Abstract

Objective: Community mental health providers’ attitudes toward criminal justice–involved clients with serious mental illness were examined. Methods: A total of 627 Maryland psychiatric rehabilitation program providers responded to a survey (83% response rate). Measures assessed providers’ experience with, positive regard for, and perceptions of similarity, with their clients with serious mental illness. Chi-square tests were used to compare providers’ attitudes toward clients with and without criminal justice involvement. Results: Providers reported lower regard for criminal justice–involved clients than for clients without such involvement. Providers were less likely to report having a great deal of respect for clients with (79%) versus without (95%) criminal justice involvement. On all items that measured providers’ perceived similarity with their clients, less than 50% of providers rated themselves as similar, regardless of clients’ criminal justice status. Conclusions: Future research should explore how providers’ attitudes toward criminal justice–involved clients influence service delivery for this group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)472-475
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume69
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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