The journal of mental health administration

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 190–206 | Cite as

Methodological advances in the use of recidivism rates to assess mental health treatment programs

  • Thomas L. Hafemeister
  • Steven M. Banks


This study of recidivism rates within a state psychiatric system identifies and controls for a number of flaws in other recidivism studies and provides one of the few direct comparisons between different mental health programs using recidivism rates as a dependent variable. It is not an attempt to predict the likelihood of an individual patient’s recidivism or to improve the treatment provided the individual patient. Instead, it is an endeavor to address the issue of using recidivism rates to assess a treatment program’s effectiveness and to examine such treatment at the macro-or system-wide level.


York Time Mental Health System Mental Health Program Recidivism Rate Community Psychiatry 
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© Association of Mental Health Administrators 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas L. Hafemeister
    • 1
  • Steven M. Banks
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute on Mental Disability and the LawNational Center for State CourtsWilliamsburg
  2. 2.Office of Mental HealthBureau of Planning, Assistance, and CoordinationState of New York

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