This study highlights the role of outpatient behavioral health services in reducing the risk of arrests. Researchers looked at whether receiving psychotropic medication and regular outpatient services upon release from an inpatient psychiatric hospital reduced the risk of arrest among people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia over a seven year period. They also examined the cost implications associated with routine access to outpatient services for this population.
The findings showed that possessing medication and receiving outpatient services reduced the risk of arrest for people transitioning from a psychiatric hospital. Additionally, total costs were lower for people who were not arrested but received more outpatient services than for those in contact with the jail.