A psychologist will be available for individual psychotherapy on an as needed basis. You may request an appointment via cop-out to the psychologist. An appointment will be scheduled on the call-out sheet on a timely basis, generally within 14 workdays. Each psychologist will be conducting various inmate groups. The kinds of groups will depend upon the inmate population needs and interests. Announcements for these groups will generally be made at meetings and/or on unit bulletin boards. The psychologists are available for discussion of any personal problem. If you have a serious problem of an emergency nature that limits your ability to cope with day-to-day activities, the psychologist will see you as soon as possible, usually the same day.
Inquire via the detail supervisor, unit officer or a unit staff member to notify the psychologist as soon as possible. Non-emergencies will be scheduled on the call-out sheet on a timely basis, generally within 14 working days. Inmates with histories of drug and/or alcohol abuse during the past five years should discuss their interest in and need for drug abuse programming with the psychologist during intake screening. Individualized programs will be designed to meet each inmate’s needs and may consist of one or more of the following: Group therapy or counseling, personal development groups, individual therapy or counseling, correctional counseling, crisis intervention, pre-release counseling, voluntary groups, or other programs deemed appropriate. While in jail or prison, it is not uncommon for people to have feelings of depression and hopelessness. This is particularly true if they are newly incarcerated, serving a long sentence, experiencing family problems, experiencing problems getting along with other inmates, or receives bad news. When someone is experiencing these feelings, as well as the pressure of incarceration, it is not unusual for them to consider committing suicide. Although staff are trained to watch for signs of suicidal inmates and notify Psychology Services of any concerns, they do not always see signs that other inmates may see. If you are experiencing any feelings of depression or hopelessness or any of the problems listed above, or you know another inmate that is showing signs of depression, hopelessness, or withdrawal, please alert a staff member IMMEDIATELY. Your quick action may save a life.
Signs of depression include, but are not limited to, sadness, tearfulness, lack of enjoyment in usual activities. Staying away from others or reducing phone calls and/or visits are some of the signs of withdrawal. If you see an inmate giving away his possessions, stating that “there is nothing to live for,” seems to be obsessed with their death, or similar words and actions these are possible signs of someone experiencing feelings of hopelessness.
Your quick notification could save a life.