Psychology staff provides a full range of psychological services on an as-needed basis. These services include crisis intervention, suicide prevention, brief individual counseling, biblio-therapy (self-help reading material), medication referrals, and forensic evaluations (for applicable inmates). Group counseling services are also periodically available for designated inmates. Groups have been offered on anger management, stress management, coping skills, and dealing with trauma (which includes female inmates with histories of physical and/or sexual abuse). The Drug Abuse Program offers Drug Education Groups and Non-Residential Drug Treatment Groups for designated inmates with a history of substance abuse. Inmates who successfully complete the Non-Residential Drug Treatment Program will receive a $30.00 achievement award. Drug Abuse Program staff also interview eligible designated inmates for the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) and provide follow-up services to designated inmates who recently completed the RDAP at another facility. In addition, volunteers from the community facilitate Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings to the designated population.
If you think you have a need for psychological services or are interested in substance abuse treatment, you may request to see a Psychologist or Drug Abuse Program staff member by either contacting another staff member or by submitting an “Inmate Request to Staff Member” form to Psychology Services. Designated inmates interested in the Suicide Prevention Inmate Companion Program can submit an “Inmate Request to a Staff Member” form to Psychology Services to participate in training for this program. Finally, a contract Psychiatrist is available through the Health Services Department for the purpose of psychiatric evaluation and prescribing medication for mental health concerns. Psychiatric referrals are generally made through Psychology Services, but Health Services is responsible for scheduling all psychiatry appointments.