Compounding Mental and Cognitive Disability and Disadvantage: Police as Care Managers

In Duncan Chappell (Ed) Policing and the mentally ill: International Perspectives, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, USA. pp219-234

Posted: 22 Aug 2014

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Eileen Baldry

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Leanne Dowse

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Date Written: August 1, 2013

Abstract

Police are at the frontline in attending crises and offending situations and events with persons with mental disorders. This though is too narrow a way of conceptualizing this aspect of policing. By far the majority of people with mental impairment have more than one disorder or disability. They are likely to have multiple and compounding disorders, impairment and disadvantages; this is what has been termed ‘complex needs’ by many in the field. We discuss the substantial expectations on police in handling situations with people who experience ‘complex needs’ using case studies from a dataset including over 2,700 persons in the New South Wales (NSW) criminal justice system whose criminal justice and human agency lifecourse data has been linked and merged. Many government agencies have developed difficult to traverse boundaries to working with or supporting persons experiencing multiple impairments, leaving it to the police to manage not just the criminal justice and community safety aspects of this group, but also their social and personal needs.

Keywords: mental illness, cognitive impairment, police, complex needs

Suggested Citation

Baldry, Eileen and Dowse, Leanne, Compounding Mental and Cognitive Disability and Disadvantage: Police as Care Managers (August 1, 2013). In Duncan Chappell (Ed) Policing and the mentally ill: International Perspectives, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, USA. pp219-234. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2412810

Eileen Baldry (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ( email )

Sydney
Australia

Leanne Dowse

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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