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“Asylum for the severely mentally ill”

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Asylum for the severely mentally ill.

This undated audio segment found on the WHYY – Voices In The Family, talks about the issues surrounding the treatment of people with mental illnesses describing how state hospitals have been run in the past, the closure of many of them, and the result of poor funding of community based services which has resulted in an influx of people with mental illnesses ending up in jails and prisons where they are often heavily medicated or placed in solitary confinement for long periods of time.   There is a link within the description of the segment pointing to an article on the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) “Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care Bring Back the Asylum” is a freely accessible publication and is the article that the interview in this segment is based on.

“Pennsylvania Overhauls Health Care For Mentally Ill Inmates”

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This January 7, 2015 Think Progress article talks about changes being made to the treatment of inmates with mental health issues that are happening because of a settlment in a federal lawsuit brought by the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRNPA)  against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC).

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“Mayor: $130M to revamp NYC jails for mentally ill”

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This December 1, 2014 article on GoErie.com talks about changes that the Mayor of New York City is hoping to make with regards to how people with mental health issues are worked with as opposed to the current method of placing them in Riker’s Island the Mayor wants to try to treat the issues before the person ends up in the judicial system.

“The Benefit Of EHRs To The Prison System”

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This August 28, 2014 Business Solutions article talks about less obvious reasons why electronic health records could be beneficial in the corrections system.

“Mental health issues create problems for African-Americans in city jails”

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This August 26, 2014 New Pittsburgh Courier article talks about studies showing that the number of African-Americans in jails and prisons with mental health issues exceeds the number of African-Americans in the community with mental health issues.

“US jails struggle with role as makeshift asylums”

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This July 14, 2014 ydr.com article talks about the problems being faced by jails and prisons across the country as they try to figure out how to deal with the sharp increase in the number of seriously mentally ill inmates that are incarcerated primarily due to non-violent crimes.

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“Cook County Sheriff Rips Mental Health Cuts: ‘We Have Criminalized Mental Illness In This Country’”

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This March 26, 2014 ThinkProgress article focuses on the issues of lacking mental health care in Cook County Illinois, and describes how that jail there has become one of the largest defacto mental health treatment facilities in the country, because of how funding for community based mental health care has been repeatedly cut and basically ravaged over the years.  PA Representative Tim Murphy’s proposed mental health reform bill was mentioned in the article as well.

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