ERIC Number: ED282142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Incompetency and Insanity: Feasibility of Community Evaluation and Treatment.
Schutte, Nicola S.; And Others
Some states have established community-based forensic services, such as competency and sanity evaluation programs. Since changing from inpatient, centralized evaluations to community-based, decentralized evaluations may result in lower costs, a study was conducted to examine the feasibility of doing more forensic sanity and competency evaluations and treatment on an outpatient basis in Colorado. A feasibility questionnaire was given to 288 community mental health center and state hospital administrators and treatment staff members. The respondents indicated that, given enhanced community evaluation and treatment programs for forensic clients, 41% of the sanity evaluations and 45% of the competency evaluations done at the hospital could be done in local communities, 35% to 38% of the clients found incompetent could be treated in local communities, and 39% to 50% of the clients found insane could be released to outpatient treatment 6 months earlier than is currently the case. Other findings indicated several specific improvements needed in the community mental health system before it could properly handle more forensic clients. Major concerns dealt with adequacy of staff training for working with incompetent and insane clients, liability exposure, and time spent waiting for hearings and for release from state hospitals. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Colorado State Dept. of Institutions, Denver. Div. of Mental Health.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (Albuquerque, NM, April 30-May 2, 1987).