Correctional Mental Health

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The prevalence of depression, psychosis, substance use, and attempted or completed suicide in incarcerated populations is higher than in the general community. Mental health services are important components of care provided to inmates and involve screening for potential mental illness, further assessment of identified mental illness, and the provision of care appropriate to the inmate's need. In the United States, there is a constitutional requirement to provide a level of care that demonstrates that correctional officials are not deliberately indifferent to the serious medical and mental health needs of those they incarcerate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780123970459
ISBN (Print)9780123977533
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Classification
  • Constitutional
  • Deliberate indifference
  • Jail
  • Malingering
  • Mental health
  • Prison
  • Screening
  • Security housing unit
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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