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- Offending behaviour and mental illness : characteristics of a mental health court liaison service
- Sharples, John; Lewin, Terry J.; Hinton, Russell J.; Sly, Ketrina A.; Coles, Gregory W.; Johnston, Patrick J.; Carr, Vaughan J.
- This paper begins with a brief review of recent literature about relationships between offending behaviour and mental illness, classifying studies by the settings within which they occurred. The establishment and role of a mental health court liaison (MHCL) service is then described, together with findings from a 3-year service audit, including an examination of relationships between clients' characteristics and offence profiles, and comparisons with regional offence data. During the audit period, 971 clients (767 males, 204 females) were referred to the service, comprising 1139 service episodes, 35.5% of which involved a comorbid substance use diagnosis. The pattern of offences for MHCL clients was reasonably similar to the regional offence data, except that among MHCL clients there were proportionately more offences against justice procedures (e.g., breaches of apprehended violence orders [AVOs]) and fewer driving offences and 'other offences'. Additionally, male MHCL clients had proportionately more malicious damage and robbery offences and lower rates of offensive behaviour and drug offences. A range of service and research issues is also discussed. Overall, the new service appears to have forged more effective links between the mental health and criminal justice systems.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, Vol. 10, no. 2 (November 2003), p. 300-315
- Publication year
- Criminal behaviour; Criminal justice systems; Mental health court liaison; Mental Health Services; Mental illness; MHCL; Offending behaviour; Psychiatric services
- Australian Academic Press
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- Copyright © 2003 Australian Academic Press Pty. Ltd.
- Peer reviewed