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Elevated Risk of Arrest for Veteran’s Administration Behavioral Health Service Recipients in Four Florida Counties

Article

This research focuses on the inappropriate imprisonment of people who are exhibiting symptoms of mental illness.

Abstract

This paper examines the relative contribution of mental and substance abuse disorders to criminal justice involvement by examining the relative risk of arrest for three groups of adult male recipients of VA behavioral health care services. These groups include men served for both substance abuse and mental health, for only substance abuse and for only mental health. The relative risk of multiple offences is compared to relative risk of a single offense for each group. Results indicate that relative risk of multiple arrests for the dual diagnosis group is substantially greater than for either of the single diagnosis groups, and greater than the relative risk for recipients of non-behavioral health services. Relative risk of arrest for recipients of only mental health services is no different than the relative risk for other veterans living in the region under examination.

Full Reference

Pandiani, John A., Rosenheck, R. and Banks S. M. (2003) Elevated Risk of Arrest for Veteran's Administration Behavioral Health Service Recipients in Four Florida Counties. Law and Human Behavior, 27(3), pp. 289-298.