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Carter Fellow Julianne Hill’s award-winning story leads to funding for psychiatric unit as prison alternative

By Susan Pearson Hunsinger Program Associate, The Carter Center Mental Health Program When college student Andrew Butler needed mental health treatment, his father took him to the only state hospital in New Hampshire offering mental health services. But while there, after attempting to hit his dad, they transferred Butler to…

ACLU Finds More Prisoners with Mental Illness Locked in Solitary Confinement

ACLU Finds More Prisoners with Mental Illness Locked in Solitary Confinement

July 31, 2013 An 18-month study by the ACLU of Colorado found that nearly 90 Colorado prisoners with serious mental illnesses were locked in solitary confinement this year. Many of these prisoners had been in solitary confinement for at least four years despite legal and expert recommendations that prisons stop…

New Study Finds That Outpatient Treatment for People with Mental Illness Significantly Reduces Arrest Rates

New Study Finds That Outpatient Treatment for People with Mental Illness Significantly Reduces Arrest Rates

June 25, 2013 A new study from North Carolina State University, the Research Triangle Institute, and the University of South Florida found that outpatient treatment of mental illness significantly reduces arrest rates for people with mental health problems. This study asserts that providing mental health care is not only advantageous…