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April 2014
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Psychiatric Services

A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association Editor: Howard H. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.
Columns  |  April 1, 2014
Criminal Records and the Job Search: What’s Legal and What’s Not

A single criminal record can create long-term employment barriers for individuals with a serious mental illness, upending the goal of working shared by most people in recovery. This Law & Psychiatry column describes established tools that can partially lower these barriers. It also discusses recent guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission clarifying how employers can—and cannot—use arrest and conviction information.

Articles  |  April 1, 2014
Training Police to De-escalate Mental Health Crises

Since the 1980s, police officers in cities around the country have volunteered for crisis intervention team (CIT) training to gain skills needed to de-escalate situations involving people with serious mental illness. This study of nearly 600 Georgia police showed that officers who received CIT training felt more confident in deescalating such crises and in making appropriate referrals. CIT training not only improved officers’ skills and confidence, it also improved their attitudes toward people with mental illnesses.

Articles  |  April 1, 2014
A Recovery Measure With Staying Power

Although developed early in the recovery movement, the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS) has proven to be an effective and reliable measure of the wide spectrum of recovery, including psychological well-being, positive illness outlook, higher levels of social participation and support, sense of belonging, and community participation. Researchers and policy makers can feel assured that the RAS reliably and validly measures recovery, which will further increase research in this critically important area.

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