All inmates will be screened by Psychology Services staff during the institution’s A/O Program. Screening may include individual interview. Psychologists are available for individuals and/or group psychotherapy. Inmates interested in services can submit an Inmate Request to Staff Member (Cop-Outs) to Psychology Services. Mental Health services are offered in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as other behavioral or emotional problems.
It is not uncommon for people to experience depression and hopelessness in jail or prison, particularly if they are newly incarcerated, are serving a long sentence, are experiencing family problems or problems getting along with other inmates, or receive bad news. Sometimes, inmates consider committing suicide due to all of the pressure they are under. Staff are trained to monitor inmates for signs of suicide, and are trained to refer all concerns to the Psychology Department. However, staff do not always see what inmates see. If you are personally experiencing any of the problems noted above, or you or another inmate are showing signs of depression (sadness, tearfulness, lack of enjoyment in usual activities), withdrawal (staying away from others, reducing phone calls and/or visits), or hopelessness (giving away possessions, stating that “there is nothing to live for”), PLEASE alert a staff member right away. Your input can save a life.