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Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Resources

A collection of resources curated for psychiatric-mental health nurses: From toolkits to graduate school listings, the APNA Resource Center is your first access point for information on topics across the spectrum of psychiatric-mental health nursing.

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Principles of Community-based Behavioral Health Services for Justice-involved Individuals: A Research-based Guide

SAMHSA information pertaining to supporting community-based behavioral health providers in their clinical and case management work with individuals who have mental and substance use disorders and either have current
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Guidelines for Successful Transition of People with Mental or Substance Use Disorders from Jail and Prison: Implementation Guide

Provides examples of the implementation of successful strategies for transitioning people with mental or substance use disorders from institutional correctional settings into the community.
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Impact of a Prison Therapeutic Diversion Unit on Mental and Behavioral Health Outcomes

2021 study published by the American Journal of preventative medicine that discusses and examines the effects of restrictive housing and Therapeutic Diversion Units on infractions, mental health, and self-harm
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Best Practice Toolkit for the National Guidelines for Crisis Care

2020 SAMHSA toolkit that promotes the advancement of national guidelines in crisis care by providing support for program design, development, implementation, and ongoing quality improvement effort.
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Prisons: The New Asylums

A 2020 article by the Harvard review that includes an overview of mental illness in the prison system as well as current alternative interventions.
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Mental Health Standards for Virginia’s Regional and Local Jails

Minimum standards for behavioral healthcare in local and regional jails generated by a collaborative workgroup in August 2018.
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Mental health Care and Treatment in Prisons: A New Paradigm to Support Best Practice

February 2017 research article that provides and overview of research backed key areas that could be utilized in order to further develop comprehensive care for mentally ill individuals in prison.
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Practice Profile: Rehabilitation Programs for Adult Offenders

National Institute of Justice summary of practices aimed at improving the behaviors, skills, mental health, social functioning, and educational and employment opportunities for adult offender.
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Interventions for Adults With Serious Mental Illness Who Are Involved With the Criminal Justice System

September 2012 study that provides an overview of treatment of those with serious mental illness  as well as a comparison chart of typical treatment in prisons, jails, forensic hospitals, incarceration-
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Identifying Needs Related to Managing Seriously Mentally Ill Individuals in Corrections

A 2020 National Institute of Justice workshop conducted by experts from various field that focused on identifying needs related to managing individuals with serious mental illness within the justice system.
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National Institute of Justice Rated Practices

A searchable and comprehensive list of practices in the criminal justice system that includes a summary and evidence rating for each practice.
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Effective Prison Mental Health Services: Guidelines to Expand and Improve Treatment

2004 US Department of Justice online Manual that discusses historical, legal, and ethical matters related to addressing mental illness within the corrections. It includes identifying which inmates require treatment and