Treatment and management of mentally ill offenders requires an understanding of the needs of the system as well as the individual patients. Behavioral health programming includes treatment staff and security staff working in a coordinated fashion to ensure safety, access, and effective treatments. By providing a on-site review of your facilities and an in depth analysis of your needs, I can provide hands-on support for developing a behavioral health program to meet the specific needs of your system. Whether you are looking to develop programming for mentally ill offenders in restrictive housing, develop alternatives to restrictive housing, residential treatment programs, or outpatient services, I can help develop a strategy and staffing plan to meet your needs.
My consultations include a review of policies, applicable consent decrees or court orders, staffing plans, physical plants and desired outcomes. I conduct on-site interviews with facility leadership, behavioral health staff, program staff, medical staff, and offenders. Based on this review and thorough understanding of the goals of the system, I develop a written plan and recommendations for program development. My consultations include recommendations for measurement of treatment outcomes to provide support for the efficacy of programming.
Across all disciplines, staff who work in correctional
setting require training specific to working with
offenders who have mental illness. Correctional
systems were not intended to provide care and
treatment to the mentally ill. Further, the seriousness
and acuity of our mentally ill patients has grown over the past decade, as have the numbers of offenders with mental and behavioral disorders.
I am available to provide training on signs and symptoms of mental illness, collaborative management of mentally ill offenders, de-escalation, suicide prevention, management of self-injury, and other topics that may be required to provide responsible and effective treatment and management of our mentally ill offenders. Specialized topics are available upon request.