The psychology department offers a range of programs typically available in a community mental health center. These include services for those having temporary adjustment problems as well as those having more prolonged and serious mental disorders. In addition, the psychology department has programs for substance abuse including basic drug education (27 hours), residential drug treatrnent (500 hour), and outpatient drug treatment (individual and group therapy). Treatment programs for anger management, post release treatment services, and smoking cessation are available. As peer support can be valuable, self-help groups based upon twelve step models are also available. Should a serious mental health problem develop that cannot be managed locally, the psychology department in conjunction with the health services department can arrange for you to receive care in a federal medical center.
All inmates are screened by one of the psychologists within the first two weeks of their initial entry into the institution. By filling out the screening questionnaire when you first arrive at a BOP facility you alert staff to any concerns you might have regarding your mental health, previous treatment, substance abuse disorder, or other issues of concern.
The psychology department is located next to the commissary. Our normal days and times of operation are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m., and on Tuesday until 8:00 p.m. AppOintments can be made in person or by submitting an Inmate Request to Staff through any staff member. Participation in drug treatment programs is arranged by completing an application form available in the psychology department.
A variety of forensic services are also provided through the psychology department: court ordered psychological evaluation, competency evaluations for marriage contracts and disciplinary procedures, as well as evaluations requested by the parole commission. These services are requested through the unit team.
The psychology department is strongly committed to reducing incidents of sexual abuse whether by other inmates or staff members. If you or someone you know is in need of information, evaluation, treatment, or referral for a problem of this nature, you are encouraged to contact any psychologist.
If your cellmate or acquaintance was talking to you about suicide, you would probably take action and talk with a staff member to help him. Most people WOUld, because they would want someone to help them, if the tables were turned. Wouldn’t it also be helpful to know the signs of suicide risk, in the event that your cellmate couldn’t or wouldn’t tell you about suicide, but is at risk, just the same? Psychology services is providing these signs of increased suicide risk to help you identify when a person is having difficulties and encourage you to do the right thing by alerting staff. Signs of increased risk include: giving away property, having a difficult time sleeping, saying that no one cares about them, feeling hopeless, feeling helpless, believing that people are trying to harm them, feeling sad or depressed for days or weeks, hearing voices when no one is around, and loss of appetite. The more of these signs present the higher the likelihood a person is thinking about suicide. If you notice these signs in your cellmate, it is ok to ask them if they are thinking of suicide and to let a staff member know if the person is having difficulty.