Mental health diversion courts: some directions for further development

Lim, Loraine, and Day, Andrew (2013) Mental health diversion courts: some directions for further development. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 20 (1). pp. 36-45.

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Recent years have seen a growth in the number of specialist courts operating in Australia, including those which aim to address the needs of mentally disordered offenders. This article describes some of the key characteristics of mental health courts, using case studies from the most established court in Australia, the South Australian Magistrates Court Diversion Program (MCDP). This is followed by a consideration of some factors that may affect the future development of this type of program. It is concluded that there is a need to pay careful attention to issues of risk assessment and risk management if the dual goals of improving both the health of individual and the safety of the community are to be realised.

Item ID: 47181
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1934-1687
Keywords: mental health courts, offenders, risk assessments
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 07:50
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice @ 100%
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