Inmates may be seen by a psychologist within a month of their arrival. Psychology works with inmates who have mental health or significant emotional problems. Inmates who need to be seen by a psychiatrist are referred through Psychology. Inmates who have family problems, personal problems, or are in a crisis may also be seen for individual therapy. Typical groups offered include Criminal Lifestyle, Anger Management, Stress Management, and Grief and Loss Groups.
To see a psychologist or participate in a group, you may submit a copout or see staff at noon mainline. If it is an emergency or a problem with thinking about suicide, contact your closest staff person or a Lieutenant who will contact Psychology, especially during non-weekday hours. If you think someone else is suicidal, please let staff know immediately.
Psychology offers a full range of alcohol and other drug programs including Drug Education, Nonresidential Drug Abuse Program groups which generally meet once a week, Institutional Follow-up Services, and the Residential Drug Abuse Program. Some inmates are required to take Drug Education, but all other programs are voluntary. To participate in any of these programs, submit a copout to Psychology or DAP.
Follow-up Aftercare sessions are required for those who have completed RDAP. The purpose of these sessions is continued treatment. The sessions take place for at least one hour per month for the twelve months after completing RDAP. Aftercare is usually a monthly group discussing personal issues, transitional issues, and relapse prevention; participation in a weekly self-help group; and individual assignments.