A critical review of mental health court liaison services in Australia: A first national survey

Davidson, F., Heffernan, E., Greenberg, D., Butler, T. and Burgess, P. (2016) A critical review of mental health court liaison services in Australia: A first national survey. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 1-14. doi:10.1080/13218719.2016.1155509


Author Davidson, F.
Heffernan, E.
Greenberg, D.
Butler, T.
Burgess, P.
Title A critical review of mental health court liaison services in Australia: A first national survey
Journal name Psychiatry, Psychology and Law   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1934-1687
1321-8719
Publication date 2016-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13218719.2016.1155509
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Subject 2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
2734 Pathology and Forensic Medicine
3201 Psychology (miscellaneous)
3308 Law
Formatted abstract
Mental health Court Liaison Services have emerged in Australia as a key part of the response to the over-representation of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system. These specialist services aim to intervene early in the criminal justice process by identifying mentally ill individuals at the post-charge, pre-sentence stage, providing timely advice to courts and linkage with treatment providers. To date there has been no systematic comparison of the various models of court liaison in each of the Australian jurisdictions, and little is known about their effectiveness. This article presents the findings of the first national survey of Court Liaison Services. In the absence of clear national guidelines, services have formed independently of each other, shaped by the jurisdictional legislation and health services. While services were found to have similar aims, variation exists in their human resources, clinical processes, geographic coverage, and their ability to provide equitable access.
Keyword Court
Criminal charge
Diversion
Liaison
Mental
Mentally ill
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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