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Mental health diversion courts : a prospective study of reoffending and clinical outcomes of an Australian mental health court program

Lim, Loraine and Day, Andrew 2016, Mental health diversion courts : a prospective study of reoffending and clinical outcomes of an Australian mental health court program, Journal of offender rehabilitation, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 254-270, doi: 10.1080/10509674.2016.1159639.

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Title Mental health diversion courts : a prospective study of reoffending and clinical outcomes of an Australian mental health court program
Author(s) Lim, Loraine
Day, Andrew
Journal name Journal of offender rehabilitation
Volume number 55
Issue number 4
Start page 254
End page 270
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Basingstoke, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1050-9674
1540-8558
Summary This study is concerned with understanding the mechanisms by which mental health courts successfully improve the mental health of participants and, as a consequence, reduce subsequent offending. An analysis of preprogram and postprogram data from 112 adult offenders referred to an established mental health court in Australia revealed that, although participation in the program was associated with an overall reduction in new offenses, this was more likely to be related to preprogram risk of reoffending than improvements in mental health and well-being. The implications of these findings for the further development of court diversion programs are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10509674.2016.1159639
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
1602 Criminology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086006

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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