FCI Jesup Mental Health of Prisoners

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Psychology Staff Members

The Psychology Department consists of three psychologists (the Chief, the R-DAP
Coordinator and the DAP Psychologist), three Drug Treatment Specialists and one
Secretary. A psychiatrist is contracted by Health Services one day/month. Psychiatrists
differ from Psychologists in that they possess medical degrees and can prescribe
medication, but are not trained in psychological testing. Their function is to assess the
need for antidepressant, anti-anxiety, or anti-psychotic medications when necessary.

Department Locations, and Office Hours

FCI Psychology Services is in the Psychology/Chapel complex with offices midway
between Education and Religious Services.

Psychology Services are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 A.M. until 3:30 P.M.
Individual appointments are scheduled by call-out. Inmates are required to check the callout daily, and if scheduled for an appointment, are required report to the Psychology

To contact the Psychology Department for services:
[1] Use the Inmate Request to Staff member form (“cop-out”). A copy will be returned to you, stating how your request will behandled, or [2] Come by the Psychology Department during Open House hours which
are: FCI – Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to noon, Tuesday and Thursday at mainline; FSL – at mainline Monday – Friday; SCP – Psychology staff are available by appointment via copout request and at mainline on Tuesday. Additionally, regular office hours are on Tuesday, after mainline.


Self Referrals – For an inmate to self-refer to the Psychology Department, they must fill
out an Inmate Request to Staff (cop-out), addressed to the Psychology Department or
psychology staff, and place it in the drop box in the unit, or bring it to Psychology
Services staff. In emergency situations, inmates should notify any staff member that
they require immediate attention so that staff can contact Psychology Services.
Referrals by Staff – When a staff member believes that an inmate will benefit from
psychological counseling or intervention, the staff member may refer that inmate to the
Psychology Services Department. Counseling is usually on a voluntary basis; however,
in situations where the inmate poses a risk to himself, others, or the safety and security
of the institution, psychology staff will take steps to ensure the safety of the inmate and

Other Referrals – Inmates also may observe unusual behavior in other inmates that
signal the need for a psychological intervention. In these cases, inmates are
encouraged to inform staff so that the identified individual may receive the necessary

Services Provided by the Psychology Department

‚ Intake Screening – All inmates must complete a Psychology Services Intake
Questionnaire (PSIQ) upon arrival. Inmates will be interviewed to gather
information and assess their current functioning and need for programming, if
Crisis Intervention – Psychologists are available to see inmates who are
experiencing acute signs of distress.
Individual Counseling – counseling on a one-on-one basis is available for a limited
number of inmates who are experiencing difficulties which can only be addressed
in this manner.
Medication Management – inmates who are prescribed a psychotropic medication
will normally be required to be seen by psychology services for a periodic “checkup” regarding medication compliance.
Court Ordered Evaluations – Segregation Evaluations – Parole Evaluations.
Group Counseling – The Psychology Department provides educational groups
that address special concerns faced by inmates. These Personal Development
Programs include the following self-help groups:
AIDS Awareness
Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous
Anger Management
Building Relationships
Commitment to Change
Communication Skills
Drug Awareness
Hatha Yoga
Living Free
Making Healthy Choices
Managing Your Money
Managing Diabetes
Silva Meditation
Smoking Cessation
Stress Management

A calendar of self-help groups being offered during the year is posted on
the Psychology bulletin boards and on the bulletin boards in the units. Most
self-help groups last for 10 weeks and meet for 1 hour, one day per week.
All classes are not offered at one time, however, some
classes are always available.

Drug Abuse Treatment Programs

Sanctions: Inmates who are required to complete Drug Education
and who refuse to participate, withdraw, are expelled or otherwise
fail to meet attendance and examination requirements will be held at the
lowest pay grade within the institution and will be ineligible for community

‚Non -Residential Drug Program – Non-Residential Drug Treatment is
available to inmates with past and/or present substance abuse problems.
Inmates who have graduated from institution Residential Drug Abuse
Programs will receive their required monthly institutional Follow-Up (formerly
known as Transitional Services) through the Non-Residential Drug Abuse
Treatment Program. However, inmates interested in volunteering for the
Non-Residential Drug Abuse Treatment program should submit a Request to
Staff Member form to the R-DAP Coordinator.

Those inmates with insufficient time left to participate in the Residential Program and inmates who have lengthy sentences remaining to serve are strongly encouraged to participate in order to 1) satisfy judge
recommendations, 2) stay busy and productive, 3) gain insight and skills prior to entering the Residential Program, 4) satisfy unit team and Drug Abuse Program Coordinator recommendations, and, most importantly, 5) address your problems with alcohol and/or drugs. These small volunteer groups will meet for no less than once per week for 12 weeks and are designed to provide introductory and basic drug abuse treatment, not just drug education.

‚Residential Drug Abuse Treatment – Residential Drug Abuse Treatment is available at selected Bureau of Prisons facilities including FSL Jesup. This program consists of a course of individual and group activities provided by a drug abuse treatment team in a specialized housing unit. The program runs
for a minimum of 500 hours over a 10 month period. Inmates enrolled in this program are required to complete transitional services in a communitybased program or in a BOP institution. Inmates who meet the criteria for the program will be transferred to one of the following institutions appropriate to
their security level within the Southeast region:

To be eligible for this program must inmates must meet requirements for the program and have a documented drug use history, and a diagnosis by Drug Treatment Staff of a substance abuse problem. Inmates interested in this program should send an Inmate Request to Staff Member to the R-DAPCoordinator.

Incentives: Certain inmates may be eligible for six-month CCC placement and a sentence reduction of up to 12 months upon successful completion of RDAP and community transitional services. This only applies to inmates who have no violent instant or prior offenses, and who meet eligibility requirements according to Policy Statement 5330.10.

(Please note that the current average amount of early release time
that inmates are receiving through-out the BOP is 8 months.)
Psychology staff and Unit Staff do not participate in inmate
transfers to other institutions for the purpose of maximizing an
inmate’s early release benefits. Psychology staff make every effort
to ensure that any inmate requesting drug treatment receive drug
treatment appropriate to his individual needs and circumstances.

Psychology Treatment Programs

Some BOP institutions offer Psychology Treatment Programs which are similar to the
Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program but focus on different topics or issues.
Examples are the CODE Program, the Values Program, and the Brave Program, and
Habilitation Program which focus on topics such as adjustment to incarceration and ethical
development. None of these programs are available at FCI/FSL/SCP Jesup. However,
you may be eligible to transfer to another facility if you qualify for one of these programs.
If you would like more information about any of these programs, please submit a cop-out
to psychology services.

Suicide Prevention

It is not uncommon for people to experience depression and hopelessness while they are
in jail or prison, particularly if they are newly incarcerated, are serving long sentences, 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 losses they have
suffered and pressure they are under. Staff are trained to monitor inmates for signs of
suicidality, and are trained to refer all concerns to 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,
PLEASE alert a staff member right away. Depression is manifested as sadness,
tearfulness, lack of enjoyment in usual activities, withdrawal (staying away from others,
reducing or refusing phone calls/visits), feelings of worthlessness, self-reproach, or
hopelessness (giving away possessions, stating “there is nothing to live for”). Your input can save a life.

Suicide Watch Companions

The Psychology Department has a unique opportunity for a small number of qualified
inmates to act as suicide companions. These inmates will be trained by the psychology
staff in appropriate suicide watch procedures, in addition to special training in
interpersonal communication skills and information related to suicide prevention. Inmates
interested in being interviewed for the Inmate Suicide Watch Companion Team must
submit an Inmate Request to Staff to the Psychology Department.

Counseling Programs for Victims of Sexually Abusive Behavior

Most people need help to recover from the emotional effects of sexually abusive behavior. If
you are the victim of sexually abusive behavior, whether recent or in the past, you may seek
counseling and/or advice from a psychologist or chaplain. Crisis counseling, coping skills,
suicide prevention, mental health counseling, and spiritual counseling are all available to you.
Management Program for Assailants

Those who sexually abuse/assault others while in the custody of the BOP will be disciplined and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If you are an inmate assailant, you will be referred to Correctional Services for monitoring. You will be referred to Psychology Services for an assessment of risk and treatment and management needs. Treatment compliance or refusal will be documented and decisions regarding your conditions of confinement and release may be effected. If you feel that you need help to keep from engaging in sexually abusive behaviors, psychological services are available.

Smoking Cessation

There are Smoking Cessation Self Help Programs available at FCI/FSL/SCP Jesup. The
program consists of both Self Help Groups and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).
The program addresses both psychological and physical aspects of smoking cessation.
The Smoking Cessation Self Help Groups are usually Counselor led, usually last 10- 12
weeks, and focus on recovery from nicotine addiction. The group incorporates information
about stress management, physical activity, exercise, nutrition and nicotine replacement
therapy (NRT). NRT is currently available to inmates in the form of nicotine patches.
Inmates seeking enrollment to the Smoking Cessation Self Help Group need to submit an
Inmate Request for Services form to either the Self Help Group Leader. Each group will
have no more than 20 participants at a time and will be scheduled according to the
Release Preparation Groups schedule, published yearly.

Inmates who wish to purchase Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) should request a
Medical Clearance to purchase the patches via a Request to Staff Member form. Inmates
making this request will then be scheduled in Medical Services. Inmates must obtain
Medical Services approval prior to initiating use of the patches and receive medical
information concerning the use and safety of the patches. Medical Services staff will
provide a Medical Clearance Certificate to inmates who meet the health requirements to
use NRT. Inmates must present an original Certificate (no photocopies) to Commissary
staff in order to purchase patches.

Commissary staff are authorized to sell one, two-week supply of NRT, in the dosage
amounts and according to the time limits noted by Medical staff on the Medical Clearance

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