Slight Decrease in Number of Inmates Suffering from Mental Disorders
There was a slight overall decrease in the number of inmates suffering from mental disorder from June 2012 (17.6%) to June 2013 (17.1%). However, the number of inmates suffering from severe mental disorders increased by 1.7% from June 2012 to June 2013.
Generally accepted epidemiological studies indicate that between 15.0% and 20.0% of the mentally ill in state and federal prisons suffer from serious mental disorders. In Florida, about 17.1% of inmates suffer from mental disorders that require ongoing mental health treatment and services.
Mental health grades range from S-1 to S-6. The S-1 grade indicates an inmate who does not have an impairment in adaptive functioning associated with a mental disorder that requires ongoing mental health treatment. The S-2 grade denotes an inmate with mild impairment in adaptive functioning associated with a diagnosed mental disorder that requires ongoing outpatient mental health treatment. The S-3 grade indicates moderate impairment in adaptive functioning associated with a mental disorder that requires ongoing outpatient mental health treatment. The S-4, S-5, and S-6 grades indicate severe impairment in adaptive functioning that is associated with a diagnosed mental disorder and requires inpatient mental health treatment in a transitional care unit (TCU), a crisis stabilization unit (CSU), or the Correctional Mental Health Treatment Facility (CMHTF). Admission to a CMHTF requires judicial commitment.
Over a five year period, the percent of the prison population without significant impairment in their adaptive functioning due to a mental disorder problem has remained relatively stable: 82.2% in 2009; 82.1% in 2010; 82.0% in 2011; 82.4% in 2012, and 82.9% in 2013.
Inmates Suffering From Mental Disorders and Severity of Mental Illness
on June 30 Compared Over Five Years