FCI Fairton Mental Health of Prisoners

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Counseling Activities
There are many alternatives for inmates who have personal problems and desire to correct them. Several self-help groups are available through the Drug Treatment Program on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. In our facility, we have professional staff as resources who are trained in the various social science fields. Inmate participation in counseling and self-help activities will be encouraged upon the team’s assessment of inmate needs, but participation in such activities is voluntary. The staff of each Unit are available for informal counseling sessions and they conduct formal group counseling activities.

Psychology Services
FCI Fairton has a Psychology Department which provides services to inmates who require mental health treatment. All inmates will
be screened by a psychology services staff member during the inmate’s first month at the institution. The inmate will be placed on the
call-out and it is mandatory that the inmate attend this initial session. This is a good time to learn about available classes/groups which
are offered to all inmates. Some of these include: Anger Management, Stress Management, HIV/AIDS Awareness and Criminal
Lifestyles. Certificates are provided for successful program completion.

An inmate may also receive brief counseling, individual psychotherapy, and/or group psychotherapy, for emotional, behavioral, and familial problems, for drug and alcohol abuse, or for other personal concerns which may arise. Inmates interested in such services are encouraged to submit an Inmate Request to Staff Member (cop-out) to Psychology Services. Any inmate requiring immediate assistance for a mental health-related concern should contact any staff member who will in turn coordinate with Psychology services for appropriate crisis intervention.
Inmates in need of psychotropic medication, will be seen by either the contract psychiatrist, or through telepsychiatry services with
FMC Devens. Psychology Services coordinates with Health Services in the area of psychiatric coverage.


Counseling Services Related To Sexual Assault
Most people need help to recover from the emotional effects of sexual assault. If you are the victim of a sexual assault, whether it’s
recent or in the past, Psychology staff are available to counsel you. If you feel that you need help to keep from sexually assaulting
someone else, Psychological Services are available to help you gain control over these impulses.
Before You Attack Another Inmate, Remember….
Sexual assault is a serious crime. The Bureau of Prisons will investigate all reported sexual assault incidents. If you are found guilty of
sexual assault, you will be subject to disciplinary action which may include loss of good time, time in disciplinary segregation, and/or
additional criminal charges and time in prison.
Suicide Prevention/Intervention
It is not unusual for people to experience depression and hopelessness while in prison, particularly if they are newly incarcerated,
serving a long sentence, dealing with family problems, or having difficulties with other inmates. Inmates are encouraged to seek
assistance from Psychology Services if they experience emotional difficulties that are troubling to them or affect their ability to
function adequately. Some examples include:
feeling depressed
loss of appetite or interest in leisure activities that once were pleasurable
feeling hopeless and unsure about the future
feeling extreme distress or worry that is causing physical symptoms.
Sometimes when an individual is experiencing such an extreme level of distress, they are not able to make a good decision to seek
assistance on their own or they may even consider suicide to be an option. Staff are trained to monitor inmates for signs of depression
and suicide and will refer concerns to Psychology Services for assistance. However, sometimes, inmates are more aware of how
another inmate is feeling or functioning than staff are. In such cases, you can play an important role in ensuring help is received. In
addition to those symptoms listed above, the following are some other behaviors which might indicate someone is experiencing a
significant level of distress and could be considering suicide.
These can include:
giving away personal possessions
talking about loss of hope
comments related to death as “relief”
withdrawal from usual activities
decreased contact with family or significant others.
If you are personally experiencing any of these problems or notice another inmate showing these behaviors/attitudes, please alert a staff
member right away. Your input can help save a life!

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