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J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2016 Jun;44(2):253-8.

Correctional Management and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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1
Dr. Trestman is Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Nursing, and Dr. Michna is an attending psychiatrist at the Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital, Middletown, CT.
2
Dr. Trestman is Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Nursing, and Dr. Michna is an attending psychiatrist at the Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital, Middletown, CT. trestman@uchc.edu.

Abstract

Over the past two decades, the recognition and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) has grown. One result is the parallel recognition of a substantial prevalence of individuals with ASD who, because of life-long social and emotional deficits, have become involved with the criminal justice system (CJS). It is generally acknowledged that many CJS professionals who encounter individuals with ASD are ill equipped to treat or advocate for them. Currently, there is no universal training on ASD for CJS professionals, nor are there service standards for individuals with ASD during incarceration, to support their community re-entry and reduce recidivism. In this article, we review the background and context for management and treatment during incarceration for individuals with ASD.

PMID:
27236182
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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