FCI Fort Dix Mental Health of Prisoners

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Suicide Prevention

It is not uncommon for people to experience 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 suicide, and are trained to refer all concerns to the Psychology 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–then seek counseling through psychology services. PLEASE NOTIFY ANY STAFF MEMBER IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS THINKING ABOUT SUICIDE.


[/wptabcontent]Screening of each new inmate, Individual counseling, Psychology library of self-help books and videos, Classes offered various times throughout the year as listed below:

Anger Management, Self-Esteem, Stress Management, Meditation, Criminal Lifestyles Relapse Prevention, and other groups as offered.[/wptabcontent]

Drug Education Class

Those who are required to take this program:
1. Referred by the court 2. Violated probation as a result of drug use 3. Drug use that led to arrest

Anyone may volunteer for this class which involves: lectures, movies, written assignments and guest speakers. It is a 12 hour course and covers the following topics:
Reasons for drug use and abuse, Theories of addiction (i.e., the medical model), Physical and psychological addiction, Defenses (i.e., denial, rationalization)
Effects of drug abuse on the family, Different types of drugs and their affect on an individual (i.e., stimulants, narcotics, alcohol), Withdrawal, Effects of drugs on the brain Relapse prevention (includes Stress Management, Different Ways of Thinking, Identifying One’s Own Triggers and How to Avoid or Deal with Them) and Community Resources (i.e., 12 Step Programs – AA, NA, GA, Al-non psychotherapy, rehabilitation and treatment centers)

AA/NA Groups

Meetings are held in the Psychology Department/Chapel Area during the week. Notices regarding this program are routinely posted in the Psychology Department, Recreation and Education
Buildings and in the housing units.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

A. Application Process
1. Obtain an application (building 5706 or 5851)
2. Applications are filed according to a projected release date.
3. As your projected release date approaches, you will be scheduled for an Eligibility Interview to determine whether you are qualified to participate and whether or not you are provisionally eligible for up to 12 months off your sentence if you successfully complete the program
B. Eligibility Requirements
1. You must have a documented, diagnosable substance abuse disorder to participate in RDAP
2. For early release under 3621(e) and upon successful completion of RDAP, you must:
a. Not have an instant offense which is considered a crime of violence or which would preclude early release at the discretion of the Director of the Bureau of Prisons. This includes “An offense that
involved the carrying, possession, or use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon or explosives (including any explosive material or explosive device)” (refer to Categorization of Offenses Program Statement)
b. Not have prior convictions for homicide, aggravated assault, robbery, rape, kidnapping, or child sexual abuse
c. Not have detailed (criminal or INS) and no other factors which would preclude halfway house placement.
C. RDAP Description
1. Includes 9 months of residential treatment at the institution
2. Includes 6 months of transitional services at the halfway house
3. Includes an unspecified period of continuing treatment during your supervised release
4. Based on a biopsychosocial model of addiction
5. Emphasizes both substance abuse and criminal lifestyle issues
Applications are ONLY accepted at the RDAP open house hours held in the RAP unit 5851 on the West Compound and in the Psychology Services Offices on the East Compound. Notices are posted in the
Psychology Department, Housing Units, Recreation, and Education Building

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