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Coordinating Community Services for Mentally Ill Offenders: Maryland's Community Criminal Justice Treatment Program
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The NIJ Program Focus, Coordinating Community Services for Mentally Ill Offenders: Maryland's Community Criminal Justice Treatment Program (MCCJTP), describes Maryland's multiagency collaboration to reduce "system cycling," in which mentally ill offenders pass repeatedly through the health, mental health, social service, and criminal justice systems. MCCJTP brings treatment and criminal justice professionals together to screen incarcerated mentally ill individuals, prepare treatment and aftercare plans, and provide postrelease followup. Services are also offered to mentally ill probationers and parolees, homeless mentally ill offenders, and mentally ill offenders with co-occuring substance use disorders. Goals are to improve identification and treatment of mentally ill offenders and increase their chances of independent living. (Author)
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1999
Washington, D.C.