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People with mental illness reoffend less if on specialty probation

(University of California - Berkeley) Each year, some 2 million people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses are arrested for various crimes, inadvertently turning the US correctional system into the nation's primary provider of inpatient psychiatric care. But an eight-year study led by the University of California, Berkeley, offers a solution.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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Source: The Virtual Salt - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: blogs
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Source: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Meta ‐analysis Source Type: research
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Source: Schizophrenia Research - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Source Type: research
In this study 819 subjects with a diagnosis of SZ (n = 250), schizoaffective disorder (SZA) (n = 228) and bipolar I disorder (BD) (n = 341) were included. Patients with history of BizD and with no BizD were compared with respect to socidemographic and clinical variables, and predictors of BizD were explored. Patients with BizD were less educated, less likely to be married, had higher Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) negative scores and lower Young Mania Rating Scale scores. Younger age, SZ and SZA diagnoses, higher PANSS positive scores, presence of reference delusions, tactile and olfactory halluci...
Source: Asian Journal of Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Asian J Psychiatr Source Type: research
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Source: Psychiatric Services - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatr Serv Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine : JCSM - Category: Sleep Medicine Source Type: research
Conclusions: Substantial reductions in health services utilization and costs may be realized with improved medication adherence in Medicaid. These benefits begin to accrue at adherence levels below the common 0.80 PDC threshold. Therefore, interventions should focus not just on perfecting moderate adherers, but also on encouraging Medicaid patients with chronic conditions to initiate pharmacotherapy.
Source: Medical Care - Category: Health Management Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
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Source: Psychiatria Polska - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatr Pol Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Book Reviews Caregivers Disabilities Policy and Advocacy Psychiatry Psychology Schizophrenia Treatment DJ jaffe mental health policy Mental Illness mental illness violence serious mental illness Source Type: news
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