Behavioral health literacy: A new construct to improve outcomes among incarcerated individuals
| Author: Carrie Pettus, Stephanie Kennedy, Tanya Renn, Stephen Tripodi, Danielle Rudes, Faye Taxman
Incarcerated individuals have disproportionate rates of behavioral health disorders, which bring people into incarceration settings. Although lack of motivation to engage in treatment is often used to explain these outcomes, individuals may have limited knowledge about these disorders and how to access treatment. We propose a new construct called behavioral health literacy to facilitate linkage between individuals and appropriate treatment options.