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An Administrative Model for Close Monitoring and Managing High Risk Individuals

Douglas A. Bigelow, Ph.D.
Joseph D. Bloom, M.D.
Mary Williams, M.S., J.D.
Betson H. McFarland, M.D., Ph.D.

Abstract:

The public expects central government to have immediate knowledge of the condition and circumstances of certain vulnerable or dangerous individuals such as insanity acquittees, and to take action in individual cases to protect the individual and the public. Therefore, such persons conditionally released to community settings require an unusual degree of close monitoring and management. Being immediately aware of the condition and circumstances of its assignees, together with other duties of a board or commission responsible for that monitoring and management, is largely an information management function.

The Psychiatric Security Review Board in Oregon is used to illustrate this unique mission, operations, and information management. In this paper, the Psychiatric Security Review Board is described in terms of its core and secondary businesses, together with a model information system that is based on information and information management processes actually employed by the Board.

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