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Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 1, Spring 2004 (
INTEGRATING CRIMINAL JUSTICE,
COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE, AND
SUPPORT SERVICES FOR ADULTS WITH
SEVERE MENTAL DISORDERS
R.L. Weisman, D.O., J.S. Lamberti, M.D.,
and N. Price, M.S., R.N., N.P.P.
Persons with severe mental disorders are overrepresented in our nation’s jails
and prisons. Factors including cooccurring substance use disorders, homeless-
ness, and lack of access to community services have contributed to this prob-
lem, as have gaps between criminal justice, healthcare, and community support
systems. In order to address these issues, Project Link was developed by the
University of Rochester Department of Psychiatry in collaboration with ﬁve
local community agencies. Project Link is designed to prevent involvement of
individuals with severe mental illness from entering the criminal justice sys-
tem. While many models of diversion programs exist, they are all dependent
on access to appropriate community-based services. This paper will describe
Dr. Weisman is Director, Project Link and ACT Programs, Assistant Professor of Psychi-
atry, University of Rochester Medical Center and Faculty of the Charles E. Steinberg
Fellowship in Psychiatry and the Law.
Dr. Lamberti is Associate Chair for Clinical Programs, Associate Professor of Psychia-
try, University of Rochester Medical Center.
Ms. Price is Team Leader and Nurse Practitioner for Strong Ties ACT team, University
of Rochester Medical Center.
Address correspondence to Robert L. Weisman, D.O., Strong Ties Community Sup-
port Program, 1650 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620; e-mail: Robert
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