Intermediate care programs for inmates with psychiatric disorders.
W. S. Condelli, J. A. Dvoskin and H. Holanchock,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
22(1): 63-70, 1994.
Inmates with psychiatric disorders are a growing and difficult to manage population in federal and
state prisons. An exploratory study was done of New York State's Intermediate Care Programs for
inmates with psychiatric disorders. The study assessed whether there was a reduction in disruptive
and harmful behaviors, and in the correctional restrictions and mental health services used to address
those behaviors, among admissions to programs. Data came from corrections and mental health
records of 209 inmates who had been in the program and prison for at least six months. Significant
reductions were found in very serious rules infractions, suicide attempts, correctional discipline, and
three mental health services: crisis care, seclusion, and hospitalization.