Brain Injury, Criminal Justice & Reentry - Part 3

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Thursday - August 15, 2013.

According to the Brain Injury Association of PA, when people involved in the criminal justice system have a brain injury, the effects of the brain injury can appear to be a lack of cooperation or disrespect. The client may exhibit:

* failure to respond quickly to directives

* inconsistent attention

* difficulty following directions

* difficulty learning routines

* difficulty expressing needs

* impulsivity and emotional dyscontrol

As a result, these clients are especially in need of connections to supports in the community.

For case managers, parole officers and others who work with clients who may have experience a brain injury, the Brain Injury Association of PA makes the following general recommendations about working effectively with the client:

Brain Injury, Criminal Justice & Reentry - Part 2

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Thursday - August 08, 2013.

According to "Traumatic Brain Injury and the US Criminal Justice System", published by the US Department of Health and Human Services, October, 2011: 

"The overall estimate of TBI prevalence in the adult offender population is approximately 60%. Unlike certain infectious diseases, like HIV, hepatitis and TB, screening at intake or within correctional facilities for TBI is not a routine standard of care. Even if TBI is identified, inmates often lack access to care and services that would help them manage symptoms and successfully re-enter society . . . .  

Brain Injury, Criminal Justice & Reentry

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Thursday - August 01, 2013.

A young man, in his mid-twenties, hospitalized in a mental health unit, was admitted with the following complaint, "There is something wrong with my head and I can't keep a job." During a clinical interview, he revealed that his father had not been in his life for almost twenty years. His father had been physically abusive and he was subsequently hospitalized for broken bones. When he was school age, he was hit by a car, resulting in hospitalization for multiple injuries. He was placed in Special Education, as he had trouble learning and controlling his behavior in class. As an adolescent, he began using multiple drugs as well as alcohol. While still a teen, he was involved in another incident, resulting in hospitalization for several days. Thereafter, his ability to concentrate, remember, and control his temper became even worse . . .


Criminogenic Risk and Behavioral Health Needs Framework tool just released

on Monday - October 01, 2012.

A just-released report from the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, National Institue of Corrections (NIC) and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) outlines a newly developed tool called the Criminogenic Risk and Behavioral Health Needs Framework.

This framework "weaves together the science on risk and needs to provide an approach to achieve better outcomes for adults in contact with the criminal justice system with substance use disorders, mental illness, or both."

This tool can be used at the corrections and behavioral health systems level to prioritize scarce resources based on objective assessments of individuals' risk of committing a future crime and their treatment and support needs. The accompanying report emphasizes the importance of true collaboration between corrections staff and treatment professionals, using interventions both within prison settings and in the community.

The CSG report also addresses myths about connections between mental illness and violence, and focuses on possibilities for recovery and rehabilitation, using scarce resources in the most effective ways possible.

Here's the full report, titled 

Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery