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April 6, 2012 (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Women on probation or parole more likely to experience mental illness

A new report shows that women aged 18 to 49 on probation or parole are nearly twice as likely to experience mental illness as other women.

The study conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed that almost half of women in this age range who had been on probation (49.4 percent) and more than half on parole (54.2 percent) in the past year had experienced some form of mental illness -- compared to 27.5 percent of women who had not been on probation or parole.

“This report highlights the very real need for providing better behavioral healthcare for women emerging from the criminal justice system,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde.

The full report can be viewed here.

 

Issue Area(s): Women