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Black Men's Treatment Experiences in Mental Health Court

from ACA Publications

Black American men continue to be disproportionately represented in the U.S. criminal justice system due to deeply rooted societal racial bias. Although most prisoners report symptoms of mental health disorders, the majority go untreated because of inadequate access to mental health care. A new study in the Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling examines young adult black American men's perceptions of treatment in mental health court (MHC) diversion programs and provides counseling competency and advocacy considerations for judicial settings. Seeking to reduce mental health-related recidivism, MHCs are part of an umbrella of specialty courts in which court officials, law enforcement and mental health providers work together and offer treatment to defendants as an alternative to incarceration. Although not directly addressing the racial discrimination inherent in the American judicial system, MHCs may improve outcomes for individuals with mental health disorders. more

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