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Office of Mental Health

The Mental Health Resource Handbook
for Human Service Personnel
Serving the Local Correctional Population

This handbook is for mental health professionals who provide services to persons with mental illness detained in local jails and police lockups. Goals:

  1. to provide mental health staff with a better understanding of the criminal justice process;
  2. to suggest ways in which practitioners can establish good working relationships with personnel at the jails and lockups that they serve; and
  3. to describe the New York State laws which have the greatest impact on the delivery of mental health services to forensic patients.