Legislators Seek to Block Privatization of Prison Mental Health Services

By Audrey Arthur
A bill that would allow 27 Pennsylvania state prisons to outsource mental health services has encountered heavy opposition from state legislatures who are saying such action would put local communities at risk.

Mental Health Facility Opens for California Inmates

The California Men’s Colony (CMC) in San Luis Obispo will open a mental health facility for inmates in order to address serious federal concerns of malpractice in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

Vacaville Facility Showcases California’s Progress

By Torrey Sims
As California continues to work on reducing prison population in the state, they also have been busy making improvements to facilities, including the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) California Medical Facility’s (CMF) new outpatient treatment center in Vacaville.

New Hospital and Mental Health Facility Come Online in Raleigh

By Ahavah Revis
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction, opened its new $180 million regional medical center and mental health facility on the grounds of the oldest prison in the state, Central Prison, which dates back to 1884. These adjoining buildings replace outdated medical buildings built in the 1960s and 1970s, respectively.

Q&A: Dr. Dora Schriro, Innovative and Always Pro Public

Dr. Dora Schriro is commissioner of the New York Department of Correction. She was appointed to her position by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to direct New York City’s 13,500-inmate jail system in September 2009.

London To Divert Mentally Ill From Prison

LONDON — The first step toward establishing a national service to divert the mentally ill from prison is due to be announced by the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and Justice Secretary Ken Clarke.

Report: Mentally Ill Children Being Sentenced to Prison

A report issued by The Prison Reform Trust here finds that children with emotional and mental health needs are more likely to go to prison than other young people because the Youth Justice System does not recognize their special needs.

Texas County Preps Psych Facility

Montgomery County will construct a 100-bed secure psychiatric facility to house mentally ill offenders committed by state courts after county officials approved a contract with the Texas Department of State Health Services.

More Than 8,000 Texas Inmates Diagnosed With Major Psychiatric Disorder

Authorities should expand specialized interventions and programming to reduce the higher recidivism rates that exist among inmates with major mental illness, according to a University of Texas Medical Branch study.

Mental Illness Abounds Among N.Y., Md. Females

The prevalence of serious mental illness among female jail inmates is twice the rate of that among male inmates, according to a two-phase study that screened more than 21,000 adult offenders entering five local jails in New York and Maryland.