Innovative Discoveries Series - Bioethics Behind Bars: The Ethical Challenges of Mental Health Care in Jails and Prisons

Location: CCHS or web
Date: Fri: 09/08/17 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Bioethics Behind Bars: The Ethical Challenges of Mental Health Care in Jails and Prisons

Dominic A. Sisti, PhD
Director of the Scattergood Program for Applied Ethics in Behavioral Health Care and assistant professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania
September 8, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 pm
Christiana Hospital room 1100 or online at https://bluejeans.com/361095905

Prisons and jails in the United States have become de facto mental health care institutions. Approximately half of the 2.5 million incarcerated individuals have a mental disorder, and 15-20 percent have a serious mental illness.   Many of these individuals are behind bars for nonviolent crimes, often caused or related to a mental illness. This has resulted in the creation of a shadow health care system that has assumed the responsibility of a large proportion of the nation’s mental health care burden.  In this lecture, I will survey the causes of this crisis and describe how it has created manifold ethical challenges for behavioral health providers working inside correctional facilities. 

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Location:
CCHS or web
Date:
Fri: 09/08/17 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Continuing Ed Credits: 1

Contact:
Sarahfaye Dolman
phone:
302-733-5868