Introduction to the Special Section on the Interface Between Forensic/Correctional and Mental Health Service Systems

Introduction to the Special Section on the Interface Between Forensic/Correctional and Mental... P1: FYJ Psychiatric Quarterly [psaq] ph223-psaq-471520 August 6, 2003 22:4 Style file version June 4th, 2002 ° C Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 1, Spring 2004 ( 2004) Special Section The Interface Between Forensic/Correctional And Mental Health Service Systems INTRODUCTION Raul H. Vispo, M.D. and Martin H. Von Holden, D.P.A. Guest Editors In the early 90’s, the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry pointed out that, “The mental health professional choosing to engage in foren- sic work will encounter a system of goals, assumptions, and methods distinctly different from those found in the clinical setting.” (1) While for the most part this is still true, it is felt that the distinc- tion between these systems is changing constantly and becoming more diffuse. The articles in this special section were selected with an eye on exploring this interface and the evolutionary process that is taking place in forensic/correctional and mental health systems. John Petrila explores the nature of forensic practice and its evolution- ary development in today’s mental health service world. He makes the point that rather than forensic being the “backwater” issue of yester- day, it has come to permeate mental health practice due to changes in the legal Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

Introduction to the Special Section on the Interface Between Forensic/Correctional and Mental Health Service Systems

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 2004 by Human Sciences Press, Inc.
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
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