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Mental Illness, Incarceration, and Community Re-entry: Telepsychiatry and Continuity of Mental Health Care

Meeting Summary
Austin, Texas

Sponsored by:
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
University of Texas, Medical Branch at Galveston

Together with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Office of Special Populations and the NIMH Women’s Mental Health Team sponsored a meeting in October 2008 entitled, Mental Illness, Incarceration, and Community Re-entry: Telepsychiatry and Continuity of Mental Health Care in Austin, TX. Speakers discussed a variety of topics relevant to advancing a strategy to improve the continuity of mental and behavioral health care for men and women released from incarceration in prisons and jails. Participants discussed whether current knowledge and practices related to the continuity of mental health care in general and telepsychiatry specifically are effective, and how effective methods can be generalized to other domains of mental health care. An outcome of the meeting was a plan to establish a collaborative network of clinicians and researchers who will partner in the preparation of a multi-site research initiative designed to assess the effectiveness of telepsychiatry as a means of increasing access to specialized mental health care and improved continuity of care within rural, remote, and isolated populations, as well as for persons re-entering the community such as military veterans and the previously incarcerated.

For more information, please contact Robert A. Mays, Jr., Ph.D., rmays@mail.nih.gov, 301-443-2847.