Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service Engagement by Men and Women During Community Reentry Following Incarceration
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- Begun, A.L., Early, T.J. & Hodge, A. Adm Policy Ment Health (2016) 43: 207. doi:10.1007/s10488-015-0632-2
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Individuals reentering the community following incarceration are at high risk for experiencing mental health and substance use problems. This longitudinal study explores patterns and barriers for engaging treatment services during early reentry. Seventy-five men and 62 women in jail, prison, or community based correctional facilities (CBCFs) participated in pre- and post-release interviews. Findings indicate that services were engaged at a lower-than-needed rate and barriers were greater for individuals leaving jails compared to prison or CBCF. Exploratory factor analysis of the barriers instrument is presented. Implications for extending service access to this population are discussed, as are future directions for research.