The Development of a Forensic Intellectual Disability Model of Care: Synergy to Achieve Equity

Duff, M
Paki, W
Butler, R
McSweeney, C
McKenna, B
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Informa UK Limited

There is a relative lack of research focused on people with intellectual disabilities within forensic settings and limited information describing models of care. This article describes the process of enquiry and information gathering that was synthesized to develop a specific model of care for a specialist forensic intellectual disability secure care unit within a forensic mental health service in Aotearoa (New Zealand). The obligations to address the over representation of tāngata whenua (Māori; Indigenous people of Aotearoa) and to resist the dominant Western and mental health paradigms being ineffectively imposed within this specialist service, were acknowledged as central challenges. A literature review, consultation with tāngata whaikaha hinengaro (service users) and Māori cultural input provided a platform to synthesize diverse perspectives. This resulted in the weaving together of the important elements necessary in a model of care, to optimize specialist forensic intellectual disability care and rehabilitation in Aotearoa. This article has an emphasis on the research literature, but is not a research project, rather it is a description of the process leading to a negotiated model of care to achieve equity.

5201 Applied and Developmental Psychology , 5204 Cognitive and Computational Psychology , 44 Human Society , 52 Psychology , 4409 Social Work , Brain Disorders , Mental Health , 7.1 Individual care needs , 8 Health and social care services research , 7 Management of diseases and conditions , 8.1 Organisation and delivery of services , Mental health , 3 Good Health and Well Being , 1103 Clinical Sciences , 1701 Psychology , 1801 Law , 4402 Criminology , 5201 Applied and developmental psychology , 5205 Social and personality psychology
International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, ISSN: 1499-9013 (Print); 1932-9903 (Online), Informa UK Limited, 22(4), 1-12. doi: 10.1080/14999013.2023.2178555
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