Reducing Suicides in New York State Correctional Facilities

Reducing Suicides in New York State Correctional Facilities In an effort to identify modifiable risk factors for suicide in New York State prisons, the authors reviewed available statistical data and also examined a series of 40 psychological autopsies conducted on suicides of inmates who had received mental health services during their incarceration. Factors associated with suicide included substance abuse, history of prior suicide attempts, mental health treatment prior to incarceration, recent “bad news,” recent disciplinary action, and manifestation of agitation and/or anxiety. This review led to changes in certain clinical policies and procedures, environmental modifications and hazard reduction in observation cells, and an improved process for quality assurance reviews of suicides. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

Reducing Suicides in New York State Correctional Facilities

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 by Human Sciences Press, Inc.
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
eISSN
1573-6709
D.O.I.
10.1023/B:PSAQ.0000007561.83444.a4
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Abstract

In an effort to identify modifiable risk factors for suicide in New York State prisons, the authors reviewed available statistical data and also examined a series of 40 psychological autopsies conducted on suicides of inmates who had received mental health services during their incarceration. Factors associated with suicide included substance abuse, history of prior suicide attempts, mental health treatment prior to incarceration, recent “bad news,” recent disciplinary action, and manifestation of agitation and/or anxiety. This review led to changes in certain clinical policies and procedures, environmental modifications and hazard reduction in observation cells, and an improved process for quality assurance reviews of suicides.

Journal

Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 2, 2004

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