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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, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 36-45, doi: 10.1080/13218719.2011.619059.

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Title Mental health diversion courts : some directions for further development
Author(s) Lim, Loraine
Day, Andrew
Journal name Psychiatry psychology and law
Volume number 20
Issue number 1
Start page 36
End page 45
Total pages 10
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1321-8719
Keyword(s) mental health courts
risk assessments
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13218719.2011.619059
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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