Hot Topic 4: Prison & Court Liaison Services: Interaction with Community Services


Hot Topic 4: Prison & Court Liaison Services: Interaction with Community Services

(Approved by CPsychI for 1 External or Internal CPD credit)

This talk addresses the high rates of serious mental illness presenting to prisons in Ireland and the steps taken to identify and divert people with severe mental illness to healthcare.

Learning Outcomes:

1. To gain understanding of the over-representation and accumulation of people with severe mental illness, particularly psychotic illness, in prisons
2. To understand why people with severe mental illness are often refused bail even when charged with very minor or trivial offences for reasons to do with their mental illness rather than the offence
3. To appreciate the large numbers of mentally ill persons who are homeless and present to prisons when actively psychotic
4. To understand the process of screening, identification, liaison and diversion from prison which takes place at Ireland’s main remand prison

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