Cost Savings Associated with Fitness-to-Stand-Trial Assessments in Detention Centres: A Pilot Program
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OBJECTIVE: To determine whether fitness-to-stand-trial assessments "in detention" offer cost benefit over inpatient assessments. METHOD: The development of a pilot "fitness clinic" in a detention centre is described, and the results of 1 year of assessments are presented. The cost benefit of fitness assessments conducted in detention centres is outlined. RESULTS: Significant cost savings were realized by operating fitness clinics in detention centres. CONCLUSION: Fitness clinics in detention centres offer important benefits and are recommended as an adjunct to forensic programs.
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