Filed under: criminal justice
A team from the United Kingdom have published results from a pilot randomized trial testing the feasibility of using a brief version of CTI with persons with mental illness following release from prison. Sixty prisoners were randomly assigned to receive either a brief CTI intervention or usual discharge planning services. The study aimed to see whether the intervention would effectively connect mentally ill prisoners with social, clinical, housing and welfare services during the first weeks following release. Results showed that a higher proportion of persons assigned to CTI were connected to services than were those assigned to usual services. In addition, those assigned to CTI were more likely to be receiving medication and to be registered with a general practitioner. The team is currently in the midst of a full-scale randomized trial that will more conclusively test the model with a larger number of research participants.
May 14, 2012
Reentry Planning for Offenders with Mental Disorders (Henry A. Dlugacz, ed.), recently published by the Civic Research Institute, includes a chapter by Jeffrey Draine and Dan Herman on the application of CTI for reentry from correctional settings. The book addresses both policy and practice issues related to maximizing the chances of successful outcomes among persons with mental illnesses following release from jail and prison.
April 12, 2010
The Institute on Psychiatric Services, an annual meeting of community-based psychiatrists organized by the American Psychiatric Association, was the site of a well-attended symposium on CTI held on October 11, 2009. The symposium, organized by Bert van Hemert of the ParnassiaBavo Group and Leiden University in the Netherlands and Dan Herman of New York State Psychiatric Institute & Columbia University, featured presentations by researchers studying adaptations of CTI in diverse settings including US prisons (Jeffrey Draine) and community-based mental health clinics in Rio De Janeiro (Elie Valencia). Other speakers included Lewis Opler, who reported on the impact of CTI on psychiatric symptoms in two US trials. Sarah Conover of New York State Psychiatric Institute & Columbia University served as discussant.
October 14, 2009
CTI is now being implemented in Harris County, Texas with adults with SMI following discharge from the county jail. The project is being carried out by the mental health unit of the county sheriff’s office in collaboration with the local county Mental Health Association with training and consultation provided by the Center for Urban Community Services. Further details here.
February 14, 2009