Date & Time
Monday, July 22, 2024, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
328 A Bridge to Close the Capacity Gap: Jail-Based Competency Assessment Units

Across the U.S., the shortage of forensic psychiatric bed capacity has resulted in patients being held in jails until their competency to stand trail is determined. These long wait times have exasperated jails and delayed adjudication. The presentation will demonstrate how a collaborative, patient-first approach and supportive environment can improve safety, accelerate the treatment process, and improve overall outcomes through small modifications to the jail setting, integration of medical and mental health service providers, and proactive engagement.

Educational Objectives

  • Explain the current shortage of forensic beds and wait times for competency assessment
  • Discuss how standard jail housing units fail to address the challenges and considerations for this population
  • Describe operational and physical mitigations required to a provide safe, supportive environment while waiting for admission to a forensic unit

Level: Basic