Initially all inmates are seen by Psychology services for intake screening. This is a brief interview to determine any history of mental health treatment, current mental health needs, and treatment program recommendations. If an inmate is not screened in R&D upon his initial arrival, they will be placed on call out to be seen by Psychology Services within 14-30 days or less.
Trained inmate companions (at FCI I and II institutions) are used as observers during a suicide watch and also assist inmates on the compound who may experience problems related to adjustment and various mental issues. You may request to become a companion by submitting an “Inmate Request to a Staff Member” to Psychology Services at the respective institutions. All inmates can play a vital role in assisting staff to prevent inmate suicides by notifying staff immediately of any behavior or situations that may suggest another inmate is potentially suicidal, such as: suicidal attempt(s), making direct statements, threats of self-harm, or displaying extreme emotional distress.
Psychologists are available for individual assistance on an as needed basis. When inmates have emergencies which limit their abilities to cope with day-to-day activities, they should ask their detail supervisor or unit staff to notify a psychologist, who will then see the inmate as soon as possible. Inmates may request a routine appointment via “Inmate Request to Staff” form (a cop-out) to the psychology department. An appointment will be scheduled on the call out sheet, generally within five working days. Inmates can also speak with a psychologist briefly during open house hours or at main line. Times will be posted on the inmate bulletin boards and/or in Psychology Services. Psychologists also conduct various groups and workshops for inmates. The Psychology Department is located between Education and Religious Services.
Drug Abuse Program
Within 45-days of your arrival here, your unit team will give you a drug education program assignment of: ED None, ED WAIT RC, ED WAIT RJ, ED WAIT RV or ED WAIT HX. If you have an ED WAIT assignment, you are required to take the 15hours Drug Education Course, but you may decline. If you decline, you will be placed in drug education required-declined status (ED DECL R) whereby you will be restricted to the lowest inmate performance pay grade and you will not be eligible for participation in community programs, (i.e., placement in a RCC). Persons who have an ED None assignment who wish to enroll in the 15-hours Drug Education Course may voluntarily participate by contacting the drug treatment specialist or Drug Abuse Program Coordinator to request their name be placed on the ED WAIT Volunteer (ED WAIT V) list.
Individuals desiring enrollment in the RDAP are instructed to submit an Inmate Request To Staff form (cop-out) requesting that their name be placed on the RDAP Eligibility Interview Wait List. To qualify for this program, you must have a documented, verifiable substance use disorder. Eligibility interviews for the RDAP are scheduled by nearest projected release date for those individuals who meet the criteria identified in Program Statement 5330.11, Psychology Treatment Program, Chapter 2, dated March 16, 2009. A deportable inmate is unqualified for RDAP. An inmate with a detainer, warrant and/or pending charges is also unqualified for RDAP.
Smoking and Smoking Cessation
The Federal Correction Institution I and II and United States Penitentiary Victorville are all tobacco-free institutions.
Note: All cigarettes and tobacco-related products found in the inmates possession, will be considered contraband.
Psychology offers stress management groups and various associated pamphlets. Inmates must submit an “Inmate Request To Staff” form to request enrollment in a class.
These medicines, like all others, fall under Health Services.
Psychologists may not prescribe any psychiatric medications in the Bureau of Prisons. If you need a psychiatric medication refilled, started or changed, please go to sick call to begin that process. In addition to the mid-level practitioners and physicians assigned to FCC Victorville, we also have a contract psychiatrist and telepsychiatry at each institution to address your needs.