Mental Health and Service Impacts During COVID-19 for Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses Recently Released from Prison and Jail.

Title

Mental Health and Service Impacts During COVID-19 for Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses Recently Released from Prison and Jail.

Creator

Barrenger SL; Bond L

Publisher

The Journal Of Behavioral Health Services & Research

Date

2021
2021-05-13

Description

Individuals recently released from jail or prison with serious mental illnesses may be vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic. This study aims to understand how they experienced the pandemic during initial stay-at-home orders in New York City. Structured surveys and in-depth semi-structured interviews examined the impact of the pandemic on participants. Survey responses are presented as percentages. Thematic analysis was used to code and analyze in-depth interviews. All participants (N = 5) knew about the coronavirus pandemic, and most took steps to minimize risk. Participants experienced changes to their services, including suspensions of some supportive services. They also reported an increase in psychiatric symptoms but utilized a variety of coping mechanisms in response. Community reintegration was essentially on hold as supportive services were suspended. Comprehensive reentry services may need to be adapted during the pandemic to address the multiple needs of individuals and to facilitate community reintegration.

Format

Journal Article

NEOMED College

NEOMED College of Medicine

NEOMED Department

Department of Psychiatry

Update Year & Number

Jan to Aug list 2021

Citation

Barrenger SL; Bond L, “Mental Health and Service Impacts During COVID-19 for Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses Recently Released from Prison and Jail.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed February 21, 2024, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/11873.