FCI Allenwood Medium Mental Health of Prisoners

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Counseling Activities


There are many alternatives open to you if you have personal problems and desire to correct them. These options include Alcoholics Anonymous, Self-Image groups, and other voluntary groups. In addition, professional staff who are trained in the various social science fields are available as resources. Participation in these activities will be encouraged upon staff’s assessment of your needs, but participation in such activities is voluntary. The staff of each unit are available for informal counseling sessions and they will also conduct formal group counseling.

Psychology and Psychiatry


The Psychology Services Department at FCI Allenwood consists of one Psychologist, Drug Abuse Program Coordinator and a Drug Abuse Treatment Specialist. The department is decentralized so that Psychologist Offices are located in the housing units; and the Drug Treatment Specialist, Self-Help Library, and Group Program Room are located at a central location, next to the Chapel area.

Self-referrals should be made directly with the respective Unit Psychologist or by an Inmate Request to Staff Form. Crisis referrals should be made immediately through any staff.

Priority services include court-ordered evaluations, intake screenings, treatment of major mental disorders, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention. In addition, the Drug Abuse Program is offered to all inmates, who are either mandated by policy or who volunteer, which consists of a Drug Education Program, Non-Residential Treatment Program, and Self-Help services, and Smoking Cessation Program.

For inmates who are clinically eligible, transfers requests will be processed to institutions which have the Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program.

Other self-help, support, and lifestyle change programs will be offered as resources and as needs dictate. For inmates who suffer from major mental illness and may need psychotropic medication, a psychiatric referral will be made to a Psychiatrist by HealthServices contract or the Bureau Tel-Med Psychiatry Program.

Suicide Prevention


It is not uncommon for people to experience depression and hopelessness while in jail or prison, particularly if they are serving a long sentence, are experiencing family problems or problems getting along with other inmates, or receive bad news. Sometimes, inmates consider committing suicide due to all of the pressure they are under.  

Staff are trained to monitor inmates for signs of suicidality, and are trained to refer all concerns to the Psychology Department. However, staff do not always see what inmates see. If an inmate is personally experiencing any of the problems noted above, or is showing signs of depression (sadness,tearfulness, lack of enjoyment in usual activities), withdrawal (staying away from others, reducing phone calls and/or visits), or hopelessness (giving away possessions, stating that “there is nothing to live for”), staff members should be alerted right away.


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