Psychology and Psychiatry
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.
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.