Effectiveness of mental health courts in reducing recidivism: A meta-analysis
Source: Psychiatric Services Journal
Resource Type: Documents and Publications
Focus Population: People in Recovery from Substance Use, People with Criminal Justice System Involvement, People with Serious Mental Illness (SMI)
Topics: Criminal or Juvenile Justice System, Recovery from Mental Health or Substance Use Disorders, Suicide Prevention
The authors conducted a meta-analysis to assess the impact on recidivism for individuals in Mental Health Courts (MHC) versus those in traditional criminal proceedings. Results show that participation in MHC has little impact on recidivism. More pronounced impacts of MHCs are seen on jail time as well as charge outcomes.