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Date of Award
Dissertation - NSU Access Only
Doctor of Psychology (PhD)
Center for Psychological Studies
Lenore E. Walker
David L Shapiro
court, mental health, mental health court, probation, specialty courts, therapeutic jurisprudence
The present study examined felony mental health court and mental health probation used in conjunction and whether those on mental health probation had a reduced rate of rearrest and psychiatric hospitalization as compared to participants on regular probation or not on either form of probation. The research explored whether specific variables predicted a reduced rate of hospitalization and arrest among the participants on mental health probation. Results found mental health probationers did not significantly differ from the probationers in their rate of rearrest, and were rearrested more frequently then participants not on probation. Mental health probationers did not differ significantly from regular probationers or those without probation in psychiatric hospitalization frequency. Within the mental health probationers type of crime, presence of a violent crime, age, gender, education level, history of substance abuse, prescription of psychiatric medication, diagnosis, mental retardation and prior psychiatric hospitalizations did not predict arrest. The above variables also did not predict psychiatric hospitalization, with the exception of a history of psychiatric hospitalization which predicted a higher rate of
hospitalization while on mental health probation. Factors influencing these results and limitations of the present study were offered.
Moy, G. M.
(2009). THE EFFICACY OF FELONY MENTAL HEALTH COURT COMBINED WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBATION. .
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