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Program on Services and Interventions for Justice-Involved Persons with Mental Illness

Dr. Gary Cuddeback, coordinator

Gary Cuddeback, Ph.D.
Gary Cuddeback, Ph.D.

Researchers working in the Program on Services and Interventions for Justice-Involved Persons with Mental Illness consider the complexity of factors that affect the health and mental health of individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses, especially those who become involved in the criminal justice system and/or who have chronic physical health problems.

In addition to focusing on improving behavioral health and criminal justice services, research in this area aims to improve practices across the continuum of the criminal justice system, including courts, jails, prisons, and probation/parole. Recent projects include an examination of the reasons released inmates do not use mental health services, a trial to improve services in mental health courts, and a study of the combined challenges of criminal justice outcomes for persons diagnosed with both mental illnesses and substance use disorders.