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Psychiatric Treatment in Jail: An Experiment in Health-Care Delivery
John Petrich
Psychiatric Services 1976; doi:
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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences University of Washington School of Medicine Seattle, Washington; 244 East Lake Sammamish Road South, Redmond, Washington 98052

1976 by the American Psychiatric Association

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The author discusses the source of referral, psychiatric diagnosis, and treatment of 539 inmates who were referred for psychiatric treatment in two metropolitan jails. Almost one-third of the patients were evaluated within 24 hours of their being booked into jail. Manifestly disordered and violent behavior accounted for 50 per cent of the referrals; almost half the patients were diagnosed as schizophrenic or manic. The author emphasizes the importance of a close working relationship with the custody staff to facilitate identifying inmates who need psychiatric treatment.

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