All inmates will be screened by a psychologist shortly after their arrival at the institution. Inmates will be placed on call-out. and it is mandatory to attend this initial session. Psychology Services also offers specialized programs and a variety of services available for an inmate interested in self improvement. An inmate may receive crisis intervention, individual therapy and/or group psychotherapy, and may do so for emotional, behavioral, and familial problems that may arise. Inmates interested in services are encouraged to submit an Inmate Request To a Staff Member (cop-out) to Psychology Services. Psychiatric services for those inmates in need of psychotropic medication is coordinated with Health Services. I f there is a problem with medication, please report to sick call. If it is an emergency, notify your supervisor.
The Drug Abuse Education Program consists of group sessions, the primary purposes of which is to educate inmates about the abuse of alcohol and drugs and to motivate participants, when indicated, to pursue more intensified drug abuse programming. The program is open to all inmates at the institution who desire to participate, but is required for some offenders who meet certain drug-related criteria.
The Residential Drug Abuse Program is not available at this institution. To apply, submit an Inmate Request to Staff Member (cop-out) to the Drug Treatment Specialist or Psychology Services. An analysis of eligibility criteria will result, and further information will be issued as necessary, including eligibility for up to one year off the current sentence.
The Suicide Prevention Program. It is not uncommon for people to experience depression and feelings of hopelessness while in prison, particularly if they are newly incarcerated, serving long sentences, experiencing family problems or problems getting along with other inmates, or receive bad news. Sometimes inmates consider committing suicide due to the losses they have suffered and pressures they are under. Staff are trained to monitor inmates for signs of suicidal thinking and refer all concerns to Psychology Services. Staff, however, 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, PLEASE alert a staff member right away. Depression can be manifested as sadness, tearfulness, lack of enjoyment in usual activities, withdrawal (e.g. staying away from others, refusing phone calls and/or visits, etc …), feelings of worthlessness, self-reproach, or hopelessness (giving away possessions, stating that “there is nothing to live for”). YOUR INPUT COULD SAVE A LIFE!