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Processing and Treating Mentally Ill Criminal Offenders: Current Practices

$18.00 [3.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours]

Course Number: #08-673

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CE Course Description

Individuals with mental illness are overrepresented in the U.S. criminal justice system, and many prisons and jails are not equipped to effectively handle this growing population. The purpose of this intermediate level continuing education course, developed using information from the Urban Institute, is to address how those with mental illness are processed and treated in the criminal justice system and discusses the implications of insufficient or inadequate care. The severity of the problem is discussed, as well as policy recommendations and promising strategies to assist mentally ill criminal offenders.

CE Course Objectives

  1. Identify the scope of the problem of mental health illness among individuals involved in the criminal justice system.
  2. Review current practice in the processing of mentally ill offenders.
  3. Assess societal and economic costs associated with recidivism and insufficient care for this population.
  4. Summarize the characteristics of various criminal justice programs and interventions for mentally ill individuals.
  5. Highlight promising strategies to tackle challenges involved in the reintegration of mentally ill offenders into society.
  6. Discuss research and policy recommendations to best serve individuals with mental health problems in criminal justice setting.
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Board Approval Status

Psychiatric Technicians

State Board Approval
Alabama YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Alaska YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Arizona YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Arkansas YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
California YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Colorado YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Connecticut YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Delaware YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
District of Columbia YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Florida YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Georgia YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Hawaii YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Idaho YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Illinois YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Indiana YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Iowa YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Kansas We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians approval.
Kentucky YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Louisiana YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Maine YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Maryland YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Massachusetts YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Michigan YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Minnesota YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Mississippi YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Missouri YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Montana YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Nebraska YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Nevada YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
New Hampshire YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
New Jersey YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
New Mexico YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
New York YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
North Carolina YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
North Dakota YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Ohio YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Oklahoma YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Oregon YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Pennsylvania YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Rhode Island YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
South Carolina YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
South Dakota YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Tennessee YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Texas YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Utah YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Vermont YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Virginia YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Washington YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
West Virginia YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Wisconsin YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Wyoming YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)

The board approval status information is provided based on our current understanding of the licensing agencies. Please note that it is the responsibility of each licensee to verify acceptance of our courses with their licensing agency.

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