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CORRECTIONAL MENTAL HEALTH
SERVICES IN NEW YORK: THEN AND NOW
Hal Smith, Donald A. Sawyer, Ph.D., M.B.A.,
and Bruce B. Way, Ph.D.
This article chronicles the legislation, litigation, and the agency initiatives
which have shaped the New York State correctional mental health system into
what it is today. An historical perspective provides a context and framework
for the examination of the current and future salient issues and challenges in
providing a comprehensive range of mental health services in a correctional
setting. The Central New York Psychiatric Center organization, which is com-
prised of a 206 bed maximum-security forensic hospital and a community sup-
port network of 23 prison-based mental health units was established in 1977.
This article takes an in-depth look at the organization’s 25-year growth and
development, the implementation and outcome of some innovative treatment
programs, and the unique partnership between the New York State Ofﬁce of
Hal Smith is Executive Director, Central New York Psychiatric Center, New York State
Ofﬁce of Mental Health, Marcy, NY.
Donald A. Sawyer, Ph.D., M.B.A., is Director of Operations, Central New York Psychi-
atric Center, New York State Ofﬁce of Mental Health, Marcy, NY.
Bruce B. Way, Ph.D., is Associate Director of Operations, Central New York Psychiatric
Center, New York State Ofﬁce of Mental Health, Marcy, NY.
Address correspondence to Hal Smith, Executive Director, Central New York Psychi-
atric Center, New York State Ofﬁce of Mental Health, Box 300, Marcy, NY 13403; e-mail:
2004 Human Sciences Press, Inc.