Pad 770 Podcast: Inadequate Healthcare Delivered to the Mentally Ill Incarcerated at Attica Correctional Facility
Improving Healthcare of Mentally-ill atAttica Correctional Facility 1
Mentally-ill inmates entitled to: › adequate healthcare: routine screening for infection, treatment (Estelle v. Gamble) › protection from „cruel and unusual punishment‟ (8th Amendment) Attica violates these rights: › understaffed, shortage of in-patient psychiatric beds resulting in rise of mentally ill imprisoned and complaints of abuse 2
No Facility Health Services Director, permanent nurses, and Spanish-speaking healthcare professional Limited in-patient care at CNYPC causes DOC to use the SHU excessively › 23 hrs a day, for 2.2 yrs (average) › 64% locked up = mentally-ill › lack of treatment › high suicide rates 4
Population of mentally-ill imprisoned rises › 1960s: 85,000 psych, 15,000 prison beds – stats reversed in 1990s › Rockefeller Drug Laws › Lack of support after incarceration = mentally-ill returning Lawsuits exposing inadequate healthcare + mistreatment: › Eng v. Goord („99), Anderson v. Goord („00), and Disability Advocates, Inc v. NYC Office of Mental Health and Department of Correctional Facilities („01-‟07) 5
1st – Governor Cuomo and NYS Legislature › Goal: save money 2nd – Department of Health › Goal: adequate healthcare for all 3rd – Department of Corrections › Goal: protect by institutionalizing criminals 4th – Central New York Psychiatric Center › Goal: hospitalize seriously ill needing rehab 5th – Advocacy Combo: PRP, Disability Advocates, Inc. and Prisoner‟s Legal Services › Goal: protect by advocating legal rights 6
Stephey, M.J. (2007).“De-Criminalizing Mental Illness”. Retrieved on October 27, 2011 from: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1651002,00.htm l Prison Policy Initiative (2000). “Incarceration is not a Solution to Mental Illness”. Retrieved on October 27, 2011 from: http://www.prisonpolicy.org/articles/massdissent040100.html Assembly of New York State (2011). “Notice of Public Hearing – Mental Health Treatment in Prison”. Retrieved on October 27, 2011 from: http://www. assembly.state.ny.us/comm/Correct/20111031.html 8
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