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Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 2, Summer 2004 (
PERSONS WITH SEVERE MENTAL
DISORDERS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
J. Steven Lamberti, M.D., and Robert L. Weisman, D.O.
Persons with schizophrenia and other severe mental disorders are at risk for
falling through the cracks between the criminal justice and mental health sys-
tems. This article is based on a panel discussion between representatives from
both systems that recently convened at a regional conference to discuss integra-
tion of services. The purpose of the panel discussion was to identify challenges
and opportunities related to integrating mental health and criminal justice
services at each phase of the criminal justice process. A synopsis of the discus-
sion is presented, along with new models of service delivery designed to pre-
vent the inappropriate arrest and incarceration of persons with severe mental
KEY WORDS: diversion; incarceration; schizophrenia; criminal justice; mental health.
J. Steven Lamberti, M.D., is Associate Chair for Clinical Programs, Associate Professor
of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY.
Robert L. Weisman, D.O., is Director, Project Link and ACT Programs, Assistant Pro-
fessor of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY.
Address correspondence to J. Steven Lamberti, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, Uni-
versity of Rochester Medical Center, 300 Crittenden Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14642;
2004 Human Sciences Press, Inc.