Abstract

Abstract:

Research shows criminal justice system involved individuals are more likely to have behavioral health needs. This study analyzes nationally representative data on non-incarcerated individuals with mental disorders. It examines whether having past year criminal justice system involvement was associated with perceiving an unmet need for mental health treatment and the reasons for that unmet need. Results show criminal justice system involved individuals were more likely to report perceived unmet need for mental health treatment (OR = 1.20, p <.001). Among those not receiving mental health treatment, criminal justice system involvement yielded a higher relative risk of identifying affordability as the primary reason for having unmet mental health treatment need (RRR = 1.92, p <.001). Among those receiving mental health treatment, having criminal justice system involvement yielded a higher relative risk of identifying stigma as the primary reason for having unmet need (RRR = 1.99, p <.001).

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-6869
Print ISSN
1049-2089
Pages
pp. 214-227
Launched on MUSE
2018-02-27
Open Access
No
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