Looking Up and Out: Mental Health Reform on Rikers Island

Seminar on Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychiatry and General Medicine 
Speaker: Elizabeth Ford, MD, Chief of Psychiatry, Correctional Health Services and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

Acknowledging the challenges faced in providing psychiatric care in the country’s second largest jail, this presentation will describe the ongoing evolution of mental health services on Rikers Island, with particular emphasis on innovative and patient-centered reform for individuals with serious mental illness and the redesign of the mental health service to optimize patient care by increasing teamwork and improving staff morale.

This seminar is sponsored by the Division of Law, Ethics, and Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.