Serious Mental Illness
Constitutional law requires that all correctional systems provide adequate and necessary healthcare services to offenders. Mental health services, including psychiatric and non-psychiatric care, are part of required treatment. Given the growing number of offenders with serious mental health needs entering and remaining in our facilities, correctional systems, both large and small, are struggling with how to provide services which meet legal requirements.
By reviewing your current population, conducting a needs assessment, evaluating your current staffing, and completing an on-site review, I can provide an expert opinion regarding how to move your system into compliance with national standards (NCCHC, ACA, PREA) which will meet legal requirements.
Preventing suicide through the development of a quality suicide prevention program is essential. Suicide prevention programs include policies and procedures in line with correctional standards; appropriate staff orientation and annual training; emergency drills; offender education and access to mental health services; and environmental safety.
I can provide your system or agency with expert consultation in the development of a quality suicide prevention program. Consultation will include: