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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Yes to Mental Health Courts

Berrien County might look seriously at this issue if they care about improving an antiquated system with a statewide reputation. (not good)

By Mark Reinstein

Michigan, like the country, has a tremendous problem with persons who have mental illness entering adult and juvenile justice systems. Gov. Granholm has proposed one promising remedial step in her fiscal year 2009 executive budget - i.e., $3.4 million for five pilot mental health courts in the state. We strongly encourage the Legislature to approve this recommendation.

How bad is the problem? The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reported in 2006 that nationwide, 64 percent of jail inmates and 56 percent of state prison inmates had mental illness. More than 75 percent of jail inmates with mental illness - and more than 50 percent of state prisoners with mental illness - had committed nonviolent offenses. More than 75 percent of both jail and prison inmates with mental illness had been incarcerated previously.

In Michigan, the last time county jails were independently studied was 1998-99, when the Department of Community Health sent contracted clinicians into the Wayne, Kent and Clinton county jails. Their diagnostic interviews found that the prevalence of mental illness (exclusive of substance abuse) was 51 percent, and the prevalence of the three most serious diagnoses was 34 percent.

The last time Michigan prisons were independently studied was in the mid-1980s, by two state universities. A mental illness rate of 40 percent (exclusive of substance abuse) was found. For the three most serious diagnoses, the rate was 24 percent. This was before Michigan subsequently closed a dozen state-operated psychiatric hospitals.

The term "deinstitutionalization'' is often used to represent the downsizing of state-operated psychiatric hospitals. But we have not deinstitutionalized mental illness; we have trans-institutionalized it to prisons, jails and juvenile justice facilities.

Michigan and the country are experiencing an epidemic of persons who have mental illness winding up in justice systems, which are not therapeutic settings and often can't provide needed care. In many cases, offenses by persons with mental illness are relatively minor and may not have occurred if the individual had been connected with community treatment.

Multi-faceted responses are needed for this problem. But one thing we can do now is establish some specialized mental health courts, as much of the country has done. There are approximately 150 such courts nationally; Michigan has one fledgling mental health court begun last October.

Communities with mental health courts make local determinations of types of offenses that, if committed by someone with mental illness, are eligible for treatment in lieu of incarceration. These programs do not set free individuals whose offenses exceed the local community's standards as to what is and isn't acceptable for consideration of mental health court eligibility. Typically, completion of a recommended treatment regimen by those who are eligible is required to avoid incarceration, and successful completion of the treatment erases the offense from an individual's record.

There are numerous citations from other states of this approach saving substantial amounts of money, as it is less expensive to treat mental illness in the community than to house (and treat) someone in a justice facility.

For example, the Akron (Ohio) Mental Health Court in its first three years dramatically reduced program participants' time in county jail, state prison and state psychiatric hospitals.

And in San Francisco, to provide one other illustration, a large-scale university study found mental health court participants much less likely than others charged with crimes to commit new offenses generally or violent offenses specifically.

It is also far more humane for persons and families experiencing mental illness to receive community treatment rather than incarceration. That is among the reasons the Governor's Mental Health Commission recommended in 2004 that Michigan must establish some mental health courts.

Mental health courts won't solve all problems relating to incarceration of individuals with mental illness. But it's time we caught up with most other states in making use of this tool to help fight the problem. We hope the state Legislature will see the wisdom of doing so for what is a minuscule amount of money in the total state budget picture.

About the writer: Mark Reinstein is president and CEO of the Mental Health Association in Michigan, a statewide advocacy headquartered in Southfield and partly funded by United Way.
3/2/08, Ann Arbor News

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I totally agree, that there are people currently incarcerated who have mental problems. Ed Pinkney is certainly one that leaps to mind.

Anonymous said...

Keep on keepin' on. Demonize Pinkney into perpetuity so your environmental and human disaster of a resort can
become reality! Go Whirlpool Go!
And all kinds of folks including judges will make a killing! Don't let that man out from behind those bars, and make sure everyone knows he's an enormous danger to mankind!

Anonymous said...

The worst thing that happened in this state was that they closed state run mental hospitals. This thrust those individuals on to unwanting and uncaring families who then turned the individuals to the criminal justice system.

Benton Harbor has many of these such individuals. Just drive on Pipestone near Jefferson and you will see many.

It is a shame that someone can have a "payee" who does nothing but take the money and kick the individual out to the curb.

This is a true injustice.

Anonymous said...

Pinkney is a danger to those people in Benton Harbor who want real change, and not more corruption. Pinkney has stolen money from victims in the past, and then tried to steal an election. People will rise up!

WilliamX said...

You assholes who is supporting Whirlpool, and the Berrien County Court circus are the ones with the
mental problem. It appears to me that all you do is think negative,
and post bullshit about a man who
have the rights to speak out against a corrupted Government.

Why is Barrien County so affaid to
let Rev Pinkney go free? Judge Wiley is another chicken shit RACIST Judge. Who is using the
power of the bench to be a Dictator
in the Judgical system.

The trial was set for Friday, March 5th, 2008 at 9am, but
Judge Wiley was so freaked out
about how the defense Attorney
deep fried her Brains until the date was secrectly cancelled,
and the damn shame about it a
trail was set for today (Saturday).

Why you whites is so scared of this one man of GOD Rev PInkney?
I guess that you all never knew that a Black man was so powerful huh?

Right now the odds is against the
Rev, but I can't wait to see the day that you assholes get back what you put out. I am starting
to think that you Whites who seem
to have your own agenda is scared
shitless, and knows what the outcome will be for you in the end.

Why are you all cheering for a resorts to be built on toxic waste
land? Don't you know or realize
the outcome? ( Anonymous said...

Keep on keepin' on. Demonize Pinkney into perpetuity so your environmental and human disaster of a resort can
become reality! Go Whirlpool Go!
And all kinds of folks including judges will make a killing! Don't let that man out from behind those bars, and make sure everyone knows he's an enormous danger to mankind!

That remark shows me that you are one o them coward albino assholes
who is full of hate and racism.
Whirlpool has nothing but sellout
House and field nergos who the whites have their noses stuck dead in their asses....What a shame.

To the Anonymous that said....
Pinkney is a danger to those people in Benton Harbor who want real change, and not more corruption. Pinkney has stolen money from victims in the past, and then tried to steal an election. People will rise up!

Rev Pinkney is no more dangerous then you scared ass anonymous
posters. Who is scared shitless, and posting hate messages shows
your weakness.

Why none of you assholes suggest a
solution to the problem that would
(MAYBE) bring a solution to the table? I heard the rumor that the
Berrien County law enforcement
community has prepared itself with
Firearms. That goes to show a person the cowardly act of you whites.

Where as Blacks do realize that there's another way to creating a solution besides Firearms, and yet its racist posts that's keeping this blog site going.

Personally, I enjoy frying you
red scared necks asses every chance I get.

Anonymous said...

WilliamX, this is childish. Just come over and we’ll make out. I love you as that strong Black man in you with all your fantasies. You can even pee on my bush.

WilliamX's Gay Lover

WilliamX said...

Anonymous said...
WilliamX, this is childish. Just come over and we’ll make out. I love you as that strong Black man in you with all your fantasies. You can even pee on my bush.

WilliamX's Gay Lover

That's a damn shame that you disgrace your internet white ass like this. Its always been said that Whites was the Adam & Steve
in the beginning, and here you come
switching your faggot ass..Oh Boy.

You can't sell enough lips to be
involved with me. Plus I am not
into strange affairs, and I am not
into cyberspace romance.

Another thing you just proven that
Whites do have wetdreams about a strong Black man, and yet they do
pretend that they are racists.

Are all you Whites gay in Barrien
County Judicial system? Oh Lord
PLEASE protect my Brother ED from these undercover fags. Now I see
why you Barrien County fruitcakes
act the way you do. Jim Crow...
Do you like to play Adam & Steve?

GayBoy, I love what GOD gave to
women, and again, the only thing
that you will get from me is PAIN.

I hope that you are not Black pretending to act White, due to the
fact that you're just as bad, and
you must enjoy Broomsticks.

Anonymous said...

You know I'm from Detroit and just don't want to share me. You’re the one who gave me the genital warts and they were a PAIN. By the way, did you ever clear up those crabs?

WilliamX's Gay Lover

Anonymous said...

Actually, most of the mental health issues in the criminal justice system are from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). One source on this disease is listed at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/
publications/borderline-personality-disorder.shtml

Another informative link is: http://www.borderlinepersonalitytoday.
com/main/art22.htm

Interesting to note is that these are affected by both environmental and genetic factors which are thought to play a role in predisposing patients to BPD.

I doubt Mental Health Courts would make much difference with BPDs. These people can be referred, by the regular court system, should the need arise. There are a few others that have fallen through to the criminal justice system that should be in state-operated psychiatric hospitals. It was not good that these hospitals were closed.

Anonymous said...

LIKE SCOTT IGERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous said...

Rev. Pinkney can have a place at my table any time. I don't know what garbage for brains some of you commentators have, but you need to get up off your laurels and do some studying about our history! (And I'm a white girl who considers herself as one of the oppressed in this country). We had Whirlpool shut down a factory downstate Illinois here and they got lots of public $$ in the process. They took everything out of the plant, even the water pipes and sprinkler system, so no other washer/dryer company could set up in there. They gave the workers next to nothing and I know more than one person that has no health insurance now, one with cancer who may lose his house to pay for treatments. The court system down here doesn't care what color your skin is when you're hungry and steal to eat. Our schools are falling apart, Special Education is being drastically cut, our county passed a sales tax to pay for school construction and repairs. That's pretty bad when the wealthy owners and investors get paid public funds and they take the jobs out! And being without a way to make a living or get quality healthcare WILL MAKE YOU CRAZY!!! Living on the mean streets WILL MAKE YOU CRAZY! Not knowing if you're gonna be able to pay your water bill, electric bill, property tax bill, WILL MAKE YOU CRAZY! So my advice to you is BEWARE! Look beyond all the slick smiles and promises Whirlpool will make, and join with your class brothers and sisters no matter what their skin color is because if we don't hang together, they'll hang us separately! (And by the way, there never was a mental "health" system. My mother was locked up in those places and all they did was drug her and zap her brains out. So we need to take it all and put a system in that will help people get what they need to live a fruitful life. All colors--we're really only one race--the human race. Amen.