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Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 2, Summer 2004 (
Integrating Community Mental Health
and the Criminal Justice Systems for Adults
with Severe Mental Illness: Bridges and Barriers
Robert L. Weisman, D.O.
This special section of Psychiatric Quarterly presents a group of papers
derived from a conference of the same name, which took place at the
University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY, on September
27, 2002. This gathering of national, regional and local experts provided
a forum promoting coordination of criminal justice and mental health
services to reduce unnecessary incarceration for individuals with men-
tal illness. Keynote presentations were given by seminal researchers
in the ﬁeld of criminal justice diversion including, Henry J. Steadman,
Ph.D., President, Policy Research Associates, Inc. and H. Richard Lamb,
M.D., Director, Division of Mental Health Policy and Law, University of
Southern California. In addition, experts in mental health, public policy
and criminal justice took part in a multidisciplinary panel discussion.
Panelists included Rochester Chief of Police Robert Duffy, C. Terrence
McCormick, M.S.W., M.P.A., New York State Ofﬁce of Mental Health
Community Forensic Services Unit, and John J. Culkin, M.A. Direc-
tor, Mental Health Services, New York State Department of Correc-
tional Services. The panel also included Captain John Caceci, Monroe
County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce-Jail Bureau, located in Rochester, NY. Captain
Caceci recently testiﬁed before the Senate Judiciary Committee in
Washington, D.C., on “The Criminal Justice System and Mentally Ill
Offenders.” The results of his work and that of a two-year task force
is summarized within the Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus
Project, coordinated by the Council of State Governments (1).
This conference generated several papers that addressed key issues
from various mental health and criminal justice perspectives. The
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