Mental illness is often over-represented among the incarcerated population. Durham county leaders are aware of this, and have taken many steps in recent years to support incarcerated people with mental illness and also to reduce incarceration in this population. This work requires a community-wide effort, and Duke University Health System, as the major health care provider in the county, has a potential role to play. This Data + team will use data from the Durham County Detention Facility and Duke Health System to examine patterns of health-service utilization in the incarcerated population, including those with and without mental illness diagnoses. We will use statistical methods such as longitudinal modeling to analyze the effects of the many interventions recently implemented, including increased mental health services, medication-assisted treatment for addiction, among others.
Project Lead: Nicole Schramm-Sapyta
Project Manager: Ruth Wygle