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Risk and rehabilitationManagement and treatment of substance misuse and mental health problems in the criminal justice system$
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Aaron Pycroft and John McKeane

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300205

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300205.001.0001

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The Mental Health Act: dual diagnosis, public protection and legal dilemmas in practice

The Mental Health Act: dual diagnosis, public protection and legal dilemmas in practice

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(p.42) (p.43) Three The Mental Health Act: dual diagnosis, public protection and legal dilemmas in practice
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Risk and rehabilitation
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Graham Noyce

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300205.003.0004

The idea of dual diagnosis is investigated and what care pathways are available to offenders who have been identified as dually diagnosed clients (DDCs) under the Mental Health Act 1983. The problems of working with conditions that have no statutory definition and in care pathways that are defined by exclusion criteria are discussed. The centrality of risk and its impact on the care pathway available to this group is also examined in this framework. Risk thresholds determine changes in dual diagnosis terminology, which can be used to enable hospital treatment via legal mechanisms; a process that is also influenced by the media and MAPPA.

Keywords:   Care, Dual diagnosis, Mental Health Act, Risk, Media, MAPPA, Legal

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