The Mental Health Commission of NSW is required under its legislation to consider the issues confronting individuals who experience mental illness when they come into contact with the criminal justice system. A common area of concern raised with the Commission by professionals as well as consumers and carers is the apparent tension between the principles of recovery and trauma-informed care and the security and risk management requirements of the criminal justice system.
To further explore this issue, the Commission has engaged Craze Lateral Solutions to undertake a literature-review and conduct surveys on how this issue has been approached both in Australia and internationally. It is hoped that this project will support those working with people who experience mental illness in the criminal justice system and provide some guidance around navigating this complex issue.
There are two surveys as part of this project:
- A survey for people with mental health issues who have experience of forensic mental health services and or the justice system: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XR7KLJL
- A survey for professionals working with people with mental health issues and who have experience of forensic mental health services and or the justice system: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XSZQTJC
The survey takes about 10-20 minutes. Answers will be anonymous and confidential. The survey will be open from 6 February to 6 March 2017.
A 30 second video of this request is available here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdOc1WZpy5Q.