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A Computer-Supported Information System for Forensic Services
John P. Petrila; James L. Hedlund
Psychiatric Services 1983; doi:
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Missouri Department of Mental Health in Jefferson City, Missouri; State of New York Office of Mental Health, 44 Holland Avenue, Albany, New York 12229

Missouri Institute of Psychiatry, part of the University of Missouri School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri

1983 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Recently many state departments of mental health have decentralized their forensic services programs. This trend has increased administrative needs for accurate, easily accessible inform, ation on theforensic services' caseload. The Missouri Department ofMentalHealtb and the Missouri Institute of Psychiatry have developed and implemented a computer-supported system that provides data on the number of cases referred by criminal courts, the questions asked by the courts, the clinicalanswers to those questions, and demographic information about the evaluated population. The system is a part of the department's other computer systems so that forensic clients may be tracked through various mental health facilities. Mental health administrators may use the system to monitor department policies, ensure appropriate aiocation of resources, and improve the quality offorensic reports.

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