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Prison mental health in-reach teams in Aotearoa New Zealand: a national survey

McKenna, Brian, Skipworth, Jeremy, Forrester, Andrew and Shaw, Jenny 2021. Prison mental health in-reach teams in Aotearoa New Zealand: a national survey. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law 10.1080/13218719.2020.1855269

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The STAIR in-reach model of care for prisoners with serious mental illness focuses on screening, triage, assessment, interventions and reintegration by using the principles of assertive community treatment. An evidence base exists for the efficacy for its use in Aotearoa New Zealand. However, little is known about its adoption throughout the country. This national survey of managers of in-reach teams to all prisons (N = 19) aimed to determine the pattern of in-reach service delivery. It compared STAIR in-reach teams with other teams regarding service structure, staffing, interventions, reintegration strategies and training needs. This study signals gains made by adopting the STAIR model (multi-disciplinary team service delivery, ‘through the wire’ support and use of technologies to assist discharge planning) and potential areas of improvement (further use of psychosocial interventions and training needs). To assist national adoption of STAIR, a review is required to consider the cultural responsivity, gender-responsivity and recovery-orientated characteristics of the model.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles / Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1321-8719
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 22:51

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