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Statistical Models to Predict Mental Illness Among State and Federal Prisoners

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Date Published
June 2021
121 pages

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) developed a model-based methodology to obtain nationally representative estimates of serious mental illness (SMI) and any mental illness (AMI) among the adult U.S. civilian, non-institutionalized population in the 2008-12 Mental Health Surveillance Study (MHSS) as part of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). This paper examines the feasibility of adapting and applying this methodology to 2016 Survey of Prison Inmates (SPI) data, collected by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), to obtain nationally representative estimates of SMI and AMI among state and federal prisoners.

Date Published: June 22, 2021