Date of Award

5-1-2005

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Dr. Sandra Jean Foster

Abstract

This evaluation examines the effectiveness of the Fulton County Discharge Planning Program in expediting the mentally ill defendant through the criminal justice system. The sample consists of 30 males who have been diagnosed as mentally ill and consented to jail diversion. Participants were randomly selected from a list provided from the discharge planner without demographic restrictions. Data for this study was collected using a 49-item questionnaire. The Attitude Measure Scale II (AMSII) questionnaire consists of 49 questions inquiring about the participants' beliefs about professionals, knowledge about the Fulton County Discharge Planning Program and community mental health services. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data. The findings showed that the Fulton County Discharge Planning Program is effective in expediting the mentally ill defendant through the criminal justice system.

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