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A Survey of University-Prison Collaboration and Computerized Tracking Systems in Prisons
Jeffrey L. Metzner
Psychiatric Services 1992; doi:
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The support of L. Dennis Kleinsasser, Ph. D., and the work of Dave Usery, M. S. W., both from the Colorado Department of Corrections, are gratefully acknowledged.

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 3300 East First Avenue, Suite 590, Denver, Colorado 80206

1992 by the American Psychiatric Association

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It is conservatively estimated that 8 percent of inmates in U. S. prisons have significant psychiatric impairment. Correctional mental health systems are often unable to provide adequate treatment to such inmates because of staff recruitment problems. Collaboration between universities and departments of corrections can help solve recruitment problems, and needs assessment studies and computerized tracking systems can help obtain needed resources. A national survey collected data on collaborations between universities and corrections departments and on needs assessment and computerized tracking systems in prisons. Results indicated that such collaborations exist in more than half of state prison systems. Of 42 states responding, only ten states reported having systemwide computerized tracking systems, but others are in the process of developing such systems. Two-thirds of the correctional mental health systems did not have an ongoing needs assessment program.

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