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Mental health diversion courts : some directions for further development

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posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Huiyi Loraine Lim, Andrew Day
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.

History

Journal

Psychiatry psychology and law

Volume

20

Issue

1

Pagination

36 - 45

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1321-8719

eISSN

1934-1687

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2013, Taylor & Francis