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Final Exam Fall 2009



Fall 2009


1. True False If you are an NAU student, you may go online to the Kline Library and check out a book from a library somewhere else in the world.  The library will mail the book to your house, free of charge.


2. True  False   Persons suffering from bipolar disorder may have extreme mood swings from depression to a highly excited, even delusional, state.


3.  True False   Persons suffering from schizophrenia may see objects or people which are not really there.


4. True False   A person suffering from depression may feel sad and lacking in energy for months at a time.


5. True False  Psychosis is not a particular mental illness but describes any severe loss of touch with reality and can be caused by a variety of mental illnesses or even by an overdose of drugs.


6. True False   Post Traumatic Stress Disorder may be caused by witnessing a horrible event such as a murder.


7. Define “stigma” and explain how it relates to the problems encountered by a person suffering from mental illness.




8. Your brother, who is schizophrenic, stops taking his medication and begins to decompensate.  Generally, what does it mean to “decompensate”?



9. What is “anosognosia”?




When referring to mentally ill persons who are also drug abusers,  alcoholics, or cigarette smokers, what does the term “self-medicate” mean?




11.               In the context of mental health and drug addiction, what is a “co-occurring disorder”?



12.               In this context, what does it mean if a person has a “dual diagnosis”?



13.               Explain the term deinstitutionalization in the context of mental health?

14.                You are a police officer called to the scene of a disturbance.  You arrive and find a man screaming obscenities on the sidewalk in front of a store.  The store owner called the police.  He says that if you don’t do something, he will get a baseball bat and chase the man away.


As a police officer, what are some of your options?









15.               You are a police officer and you find a homeless woman wandering down the street during the summer in Yuma.  She does not know who she is or where she is.


As a police officer, what are some of your options?








16.               What is Yuma County’s Crisis Mobile Team?  In what ways can this team help law enforcement officers?  Family members of mentally ill persons in crisis?







17.               What local agency is responsible for the Crisis Mobile Team?



18.               What is the phone number to call if you need the Crisis Mobile Team?


19.               True False  Cigarette smoking has been observed to have a calming effect on many mentally ill persons.



20.               What is the difference between jail and prison?






21.               If you are accused of a crime, arrested and cannot afford to post bond, but you are not yet found guilty,  are you locked up in prison or in jail?



22.               True   False.  Most, if not all, mentally ill inmates in the Yuma County jail have multiple prior incarcerations..


23.               The “revolving door”  for mentally ill persons is crisis/jail/street/crisis/________, _______and on and on.   Fill in the blanks


24.   What percentage of inmates in our jail,  are diagnosed with and under medication for mental illness?


25.   What is meant by the statement that “The jails of America have become de facto mental institutions.


26. What is the “criminalization of homelessness”?  What is the effect of this upon the mentally ill?


27. True   False.   The average length of stay of a mentally ill jail prisoner is not any longer than one who is not mentally ill.


28. True  False.  It costs no more to house a mentally ill prisoner in jail than it costs to detain one who is not mentally ill.


29. True  False.  Our jail is the responsibility of the Yuma County Sheriff.


30. True  False.  The name of the jail is the “Yuma County Adult Detention Facility”.


31. When a person is booked in the Yuma County Detention Center (jail), if they are showing signs of mental or emotional crisis, what are some actions that the jail may take?








32. What does the word “triage” mean?



33. True  False   When a mentally ill person is incarcerated, they may  lose their health benefits such as ACCHS, Medicaid and Social Security Disability.


35. According to our assigned readings, what can be the effect of a mentally ill person’s not being able to obtain their medication?





36. According to our readings, what can be the effect of a mentally ill person’s being given cheap, substitute medication instead of the medication prescribed by  their doctor?



37. Does the jail do “discharge planning” for mentally ill inmates?  If so, what is this and why is it important?




      38. If a defendant suffers from a mental illness, defect or disability which causes him to be unable to understand the nature and object of the criminal proceeding against him or to assist in his own defense, what is the legal term for this condition?


39. What does  it mean if a defendant’s attorney files a “Rule 11 Motion?




40. An examination to determine a defendant’s “competency” looks at his/her __________mental condition.

41. An examination to determine a defendant’s “sanity”, looks at his mental condition at the time of the __________.


42. If a Yuma County defendant is found incompetent to stand trial but can be restored to competency within a specified period of time,  what does the Judge usually order?




43. If an Arizona defendant is found incompetent and the experts say that he cannot be restored to competency, what are two (2)  choices are available to the Judge?



44. Give two examples of a problem solving/ therapeutic /specialty court?




45. List at least two (2) ways in which Drug Court helps defendants to learn how to control their addiction.




46. True   False.   Drug Court will not accept any defendant who has a mental disorder.


47. If Yuma  County establishes a Mental Health Court, what are at least 2 characteristics that such a court must have?


You may, if you wish, answer this question by discussing two of the following areas?  You may also discuss concerns that are not mentioned on this list.


For example, what types of staff are needed?  How would defendants be supervised to ensure that they take their medications?  How can defendants be taught basic living skills such as budgeting, time management and parenting?   How can mentally ill defendants be sanctioned (punished) when they disobey the court’s requirements?   If jailed, how do we ensure that the jail gives them their correct medication.















48. You are in charge of a prison cell block and one of your mentally ill inmates is refusing to return his food tray.  What should you consider as your options?








49.  What is a “cell extraction”?





50. What  are some of the prison or jail conditions you have learned about in taking this class or elsewhere?











51.  What do you think the effect of these conditions would be on a mentally ill person?  On a “normal” person?  On you?










52. What benefits to our communities will we see if we improve our prison system so that it helps inmates rather than simply warehousing them?








53. What changes should we make to our prison and prison systems in order to help rather than simply warehouse inmates?  List three (3) suggested changes.










54. In Arizona, what is a “Title 36” evaluation?




55. What is the difference between voluntary and involuntary treatment?




56.  True   False  In Arizona, before ordering a defendant to undergo involuntary mental health treatment, the court must make certain findings of fact, by clear and convincing evidence.   All of these findings must be made:


1.  The person has a mental disorder.


2.  The person is in need of treatment


3.  The person is unwilling or unable to accept voluntary treatment.


57. Even if all of the above findings are made, it is not enough to order the person to undergo treatment.

Before the court can order involuntary treatment, the Judge  must also find that the person is _______________ or ________________ or _________________or ____________________.  Fill in one or more of these blanks.


58. True False   If you are seeing little green men, due to mental illness, you family can have you committed to a mental hospital.


59. How many mental hospitals does Arizona have?


60. True   False  A “Title 36” application for court ordered mental health treatment is a civil, not a criminal, matter.



61.  L ist at least two (2) local mental health providers.






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