Joint activity systems within the boundary space between mental health and correctional services: a leadership perspective.

Hean, S., Willumsen, E. and Ødegård, A., 2017. Joint activity systems within the boundary space between mental health and correctional services: a leadership perspective. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. (In Press)

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Abstract

Mental illness is high in prison populations and collaboration between mental health (MHS) and criminal justices systems (CS) is required to address this. Cultural historical activity theory is used as a lens to explore the complexity of these interactions through informing the analysis of interviews with MHS and CS leaders (n=12) that explored the nature of collaborative practice between these two systems in a Norwegian context. This analysis showed collaborative practice between the MHS and CS to revolve largely around the work goal of rehabilitating and reintegrating the offender back into society. The boundary space at the point of overlap between the two systems is an activity system within its own right, where communication between the two systems are mediated by a range of tools, norms and rules that include multi agency meetings and coordination tools. Key contradictions occur within this boundary space activity system, that limits collaboration between the MHS and CS, and include conflicts related to different interpretations of patient confidentiality and threshold levels for transfer of prisoners from prison into specialist mental health facilities. The paper explores the potential of the Change Laboratory method to improve collaborative practice in this context.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1932-9903
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:25045
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:01 Dec 2016 16:03
Last Modified:01 Dec 2016 16:03

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