HIV Infected Prisoners: What Mental Health Services are Constitutionally Mandated?
Journal of Psychiatry & Law, Vol. 23, p. 517, 1995
37 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2010
Date Written: 1995
State and federal correctional facilities currently have approximately 23,000 inmates who are infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). These inmates suffer from the same mental health disorders as uninfected inmates but are additionally subject to mental health problems uniquely related to their HIV infection. Many prison systems are struggling to provide minimal mental health care to uninfected inmates. How will prisons address the additional mental health needs of the staggering number of inmates being diagnosed with AIDS and HIV? This article describes the type of mental health services that are constitutionally mandated and discusses whether and how prisons will have to respond to the distinct mental health Issues related to HIV infection.
Keywords: Mental Health, HIV, AIDS, Prisons
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