Perceptions of Professionals Who Serve Adults with Mental Illness and Criminal Backgrounds


Social Work

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Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper


Keith DeRaad


This qualitative research paper is based on the responses of social service professionals that were individually interviewed about their perceptions serving people with mental illness that have a criminal background by asking a series of questions. The social service professionals acknowledged the increased number of clients they serve in their work that have both a mental illness and a criminal background. Common barriers were reported, most commonly was lack of housing and employment. These barriers were identified as contributing homelessness amongst this population. The need for social service professionals to receive training about this population and to work collaboratively with criminal justice personnel was also determined. More research was recommended to identify best practices for improved service delivery when serving this population.


mental illness, criminal backgrounds population, professionals' perceptions

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