Initiation of a Multidisciplinary Telemental Health Clinic For Rural Justice-Involved Popualtions: Rationale, Recommendations, and Lessons Learned
© 2020 Wiley Periodicals LLC Videoconferencing technology (VCT) is rapidly increasing in the mental healthcare industry and is becoming an attractive option to reach justice-involved populations. This paper first highlights the need for alternative service delivery solutions and reviews current literature on the use of VCT for correctional clients. We then outline the specific timeline, procedures, and barriers associated with the initiation of a virtual, multidisciplinary telemental health clinic for jailed and community-released offenders in a rural Mississippi county aimed at reducing criminogenic and psychiatric risks. Finally, we summarize generalizable recommendations for establishing community partnerships, developing structural and logistical processes, and delivering VCT while accounting for unique client factors and integrating evidence-based intervention strategies. We hope other community leaders will feel empowered to initiate similar programs that address needs within in their own jurisdictions.
Journal of Community Psychology
(2020). Initiation of a Multidisciplinary Telemental Health Clinic For Rural Justice-Involved Popualtions: Rationale, Recommendations, and Lessons Learned. Journal of Community Psychology, 48(7), 2156-2173.
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