FCI Miami Mental Health of Prisoners

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An inmate at any time may request to review all “disclosure portions” of hiscentral files by submitting a request to his Unit Team. Staff will acknowledgethe request and schedule the inmate, as promptly as possible, for a review of hisfile. The Freedom of Information Act (FOLA) Exempt section contains information that is not disclosable to you by Institution staff. You may requestdisclosure through writing Freedom ofInformation/Privacy Act (FOLA) Section,320 First Street, NW, NALC Building, Room 401, Washington, D.C. 20534.

An inmate may request personal copies of central file documents. Institution staff will arrange for copies of disclosable materials and summaries. Fees are charged in accordance with 28 CFR 16.46. Fees collected will be forwarded to the Office of General Counsel

The Department of Psychology at FCI-Miami identifies and treats inmates withmental health problems. As part of their functions, the department helps inmatescope with difficulties that surface as a result of incarceration and separation fromhome, family, and friends. The psychology and medical staff work closely together to provide a coordinated approach to treatment. The psychologydepartment also conducts psychological evaluations, provides crisis consultation,makes referrals to Medical Services, and offers individual and group counseling.Services in English and Spanish.

The Psychology Department provides a 40-hour comprehensive, voluntary,treatment program for individuals with a history of drug or alcohol use. Groupsare available to educate the inmate population on the effects of drug use, as wellas to provide support for those recovering from their drug use. Details of these meetings are available from the Drug Abuse Program Coordinator and/or theDrug Treatment Specialist, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).Inmates requiring individual counseling sessions can request these by submitting a cop-out.

The Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program consists of 500 intensive treatment hours during which the inmate explores the factors that contributed tohis use of drugs and alcohol, and the effect of such decision on his life. To applyfor this program the inmate needs to prove a history of drug/alcohol abuse,cannot have a history of violence in his background, and needs to be an American citizen (or Cuban national).

Incentives of the RDAP: Certain inmates may be eligible for six-month CCCplacement and a sentence reduction of up to 12 months upon successful completion of RDAP and community transitional services. In order to be eligiblefor these incentives, the inmate must first be deemed qualified to participate inRDAP. Inmates will be notified in writing regarding their eligibility for early release. If you are interested in participating in this program or obtainingadditional information to determine if you are eligible, please submit a cop-out.

The “I CAN” is a residential program for inmates interested in changing thosebehaviors, thoughts, attitudes, that are conducive to criminal behavior and recidivism. Each participant is required to take a set of core courses (7 Habitsof Highly Effective People, Living Free, Errors in Criminal Thinking, GoalSetting, Empowering Your Thinking) along with numerous classes offeredthroughout the institution and on the Unit.

Inmates interested in receiving psycho-educational material over the radio cando so by tuning in to station 107.9. While on this channel, inmates will be exposed to a diverse series of lectures that include topics such as principles forsuccess, self-awareness, a balanced life, basic financial principles, among others.

D.C Inmates: DC Code offenders may possibly be eligible for early releaseconsideration who become involved in the RDAP. This effects only D.C. Codefelony offenders sentenced under § 24-403.01, for an offense committed on orafter August 5, 2000. Please contact psychology staff for further information.
The Suicide Watch Companion Program is a component of the Suicide Prevention Program. Participants in this program observe suicidal inmates placedwho have been placed on Suicide Watch. Furthermore, The Inmate SpeakersProgram involves a select group of inmates who speak to high school studentson the perils of a life of crime

The Psychology Department recognizes that some inmates would like to discontinue employing products containing tobacco. The PsychologyDepartment offers a Smoking Cessation Program which emphasizes healthyliving, including nutrition, exercise, and stress management. Nicotine replacement patches are available for purchase through the institution commissary once an inmate has been cleared by Health Services to receive thisintervention. For information about nicotine replacement therapy, please submitan Inmate Request to Staff to the Health Services Department. For all other information about smoking cessation, please submit and Inmate Request to Staffform to the Psychology Department

Psychology Services, along with medical, unit, and correctional staff are here to ensure your safety from sexual abuse. Any inmate who is the victim of asexual abuse and/or assault is advised to notify any staff member immediately.Sexual abusive behavior is defined as any of the following behaviors:

sexual fondling -the touching of the private body parts of anotherperson (including the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, orbuttocks) for the purpose of sexual gratification.

sexual assault with an object – the use of any hand, finger, object, orother instrument to penetrate, however slightly, the genital or analopening of the body of another person

rape – the carnal knowledge, oral sodomy, or sexual assault with anobject or sexual fondling of a person forcibly or against the person’swill; the carnal knowledge, oral sodomy, or sexual assault with anobject or sexual fondling of a person not forcibly or against theperson’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent becauseof his/her youth or his/her temporary or permanent mental or physicalincapacity

Several prevention strategies inmates can take to minimize his risk of sexualvictimization include: awareness of others who cross inappropriate boundaries;reinforcing personal boundaries; avoiding individuals who offer excessive favors, avoiding sexual acting out (e.g., swatting someone on the buttocks).

If you wish to report an incident of sexually abusive behavior, or wish to reportallegations of sexually abusive behavior involving other inmates, all you needto do is bring the behavior to the attention of staff.

Lastly, to access psychology staff submit a cop-out or come by the departmentto ask for an appointment.

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