FCI Big Spring Mental Health of Prisoners

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Counseling Activities

There are many alternatives for inmates who have personal problems and desire to address them. These options include Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous, drug abuse counseling, and other special interest groups upon request. We have professional staff who are trained in the various social science fields. Inmate participation in these activities will be encouraged upon the staff’s assessment of inmate needs. Participation in such activities is voluntary and/or mandatory if specified by a certified court document. The staff of each unit are available for informal counseling sessions, and they conduct formal group counseling activities.

Psychology Services

The Psychology Department is located in the north end of the Sunset Housing Unit. A Psychologist is available to provide counseling and other mental health services to inmates experiencing behavioral, emotional, and/or adjustment problems. These mental health services include crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, pre-release counseling and evaluation and testing. All inmates will be screened (brief interview) by Psychology Services staff within 14 days of arrival at FCI Big Spring. A variety of special topic groups, such as Relationships,”Living Free” Values Development Group, “Commitment to Change: Overcoming Errors in Thinking” Group; “Dealing with Anger” Group; Stress Management, Breaking Barriers, Framework for Recovery, and a Victims’s Impact group are offered by or co-sponsored by the department. If you are interested in one of these groups, you must first attend an individual screening interview. The department also offers an Inmate Resource Library of Psychology and self-help related books, pamphlets, and audiotapes.

It is not uncommon for people to experience feelings of depression and hopelessness while in jail or prison, particularly if they are newly incarcerated, 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 suicidal behavior, and are trained to refer all concerns to the Psychology Services Department. However, staff do not always see what inmates see. If you are personally experiencing any of the problems noted above, or you or another inmate are 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”), PLEASE alert a staff member right away. Your input can save a life.

A variety of substance abuse services, such as a Living Sober group, are also offered through the Psychology Department. A 40-hour Drug Education Class is provided in both English and Spanish. Individual and group counseling is also provided by the Drug Treatment Specialist.

To request services from the Psychology Department, submit an Inmate Request to Staff Member (cop-out) to Psychology Services.

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