Graduation Year

Spring 5-12-2023

Document Type


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone


Sixty-four percent of jail offenders, 54% of state prisoners, and 45% of federal prisoners have a mental illness (Taylor, 2022). Mental illness increases the risk of recidivism. Individuals with mental illness have limited access to appropriate treatment. They are more likely to respond negatively to the prison environment. This can lead to infractions and solitary confinement. In addition, 51% of incarcerated individuals, whether they received mental health treatment or not, are likely to experience recidivism (Pflueger et al., 2015). The practice of interprofessional social work inside the American prison system is desperately needed. The following paper proposes an evidence-based treatment program that is coordinated by an interprofessional social worker. This includes an explanation of how interprofessional social work practice can be used to facilitate collaboration among diverse professionals for program effectiveness.


Social Work

First Advisor

Ann M. Callahan

First Advisor Affiliation

Social Work

Second Advisor Affiliation

Social Work

Third Advisor Affiliation

Social Work

Included in

Social Work Commons