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Assessment of Mental Health Needs and Screening Practices in an Urban Jail

With seed money provided by the university, we worked with the Wayne County Jail (Detroit) to assess the mental health of 500 males and 500 females entering the jail. The purpose of the project was not only to provide the county and jail with information about the population entering and resources needed, but also to pilot screening measures since there was no standardized instrument/process in place to assess mental health needs. Since this project, the jail has changed its protocol and now administers the K6 to every person who enters the jail. There have been a number of publications (Kubiak, SP, Beeble, M. & Bybee, D., 2009; 2010; in press) and the data set has been used by two current doctoral students to assess gender differences in the prevalence of co-occurring disorders, trauma and support needs. Two papers have been submitted for publication (Fedock, G., Fries, L., & Kubiak, S.P., under review; Fries, L., Fedock, G., & Kubiak, S.P., under review).
Collaborators: Sheryl Kubiak, Deb Bybee, Liz Tillander
Start Date: January 2008
End Date: 2010