View Full Version : ADHD Project on penitentiary gives large payback to society


Krim
01-26-10, 03:08 PM
Crime does not pay . But it pays to help the criminals.
ADHD project at Norrtälje Institution may provide a welfare benefit of 60 million a year.

There are about 7 000 inmates in prisons and detention centers in the country. Between 25 and 45 percent of those estimated to have ADHD.
- It means that between 2 000 and 3 000 people with an untreated neuropsychiatric disabilities are locked up and untreated. Many of them have lived in a permanent exclusion since they were little, "says economist Ingvar Nilsson.
To date thirty inmates who have been diagnosed with ADHD treated with the drug Concerta a narcotic classed medicine in combination with the Prison Service's treatment of Norrtälje Institution. The project is unique and has only pointed to good results.

On behalf of the prison has Ingvar Nilsson evaluated the project from a socio-economic perspective. The results speak for themselves.
- The project costs more than three million per year to operate. If the 30 guys who have been involved in the study can stay away from crime and drugs when we are talking about a pure social gain of just under 60 million annually, "he says.
As the economist he may have to give more sample calculations.
- If we make an assumption that ten percent success, three out of thirty, gives it a society gain of SEK 3 million annually which is approximately 80 million in 20 years time, "said Ingvar Nilsson who calls ADHD project, a textbook example of successful cooperation between prison care.

The only problem he can see the project is really beyond the project period.
- The medical treatment must continue even when the prisoners freed. Thrown guys out in the exclusion again, the bad thing, "he says.
During its evaluation efforts, he has personally gone through three dramatic events.
- First become a happy success. Since it is extremely sad about the suffering that exists among these people. Then it becomes extremely upset that no permit may be made. There is a huge moral of this group, "said Ingvar Nilsson.

Facts
The project is unique and has been going on since 2007, among inmates with long sentences and diagnosed with ADHD.
The project is operated as a research study by Ylva Ginsberg, senior physician at the neuropsychiatric team Huddinge. She expects to be able to compile the results of the study at the end of 2010.
Institution ADHD department has space for 12 inmates.
ADHD occurs in 2-5 percent of the population. Half of those who have symptoms that children have left them as adults.
One in four men and nearly one in three women in prison is estimated to have ADHD. Most of them have not offered any treatment.
Tried to fix a little translations errors i hope it's readable because it's a pretty interesting study.

Original article:
http://www.norrteljetidning.se/nyheter/artiklar/id/13735