Psychology Services provides counseling and a variety of programs to assist inmates who have mental health issues. You will be asked to complete a Psychology Services Intake Questionnaire form which addresses your mental health treatment history and any current problems you may be experiencing. This information is used by Psychology Staff to ensure you receive appropriate programming. Psychology Services assesses, treats and monitors inmates with mental health problems, and provides crisis counseling, drug abuse treatment, suicide prevention, and sex offender management programming
Psychology staff respect the privacy of inmates who disclose personal information. Ordinarily, what you tell a psychologist in session remains private, with the following exceptions: 1) Intake Screening Summaries are placed in the cental file, 2) Perceived intention to harm yourself or another person or a perceived threat to the security or orderly running of the institution will result in the necessary action to prevent the threat, 4) State law requires release of information regarding child abuse, 5) Records that are requested by subpoena or court order will be released, 6) Psychology records will be used to construct a defense if you file suit, 7) Competency assessments are not confidential. Also, reports are sometimes requested by another department or agency (e.g., Parole Board); you will be notified when such a report is prepared and sent, 8 ) For routine progress review, correctional counseling, and release preparation, your unit team may request information or recommendations, 9) Health Services may request information to assist with your healthcare 10) If you are reviewed under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, all records will be released.
Most Psychology Services programs are voluntary, with the exception of the Drug Education Program. An inmate may either volunteer for, or be recommended to participate in, the Drug Education Program. The Drug Education Program will be recommended by the unit team, if an inmate has been sentenced or returned to custody as a violator after September 30, 1991; and it is determined that:
l. There is evidence that alcohol or other drug use contributed to the commission of the instant offense.
Alcohol or other drug use was a reason for violation either of supervised release (including probation/parole) or BOP community status (Residential Re-entry Center placement) for which the inmate is now incarcerated.
The inmate was recommended for drug programming during incarceration by the sentencing judge.
There is evidence of a history of alcohol or other drug use. For example, your history of alcohol and /or drug use within the past five years is emphasized in the PSR.
Psychology services offers a non-residential drug abuse program, a non-residential sex offender program, anger management, communication skills, criminal thinking, rational behavior therapy, values clarification and various other groups to assist with your adjustment to the compound or transition to the community. Psychology services also offers individual and group counseling for the mentally ill.
Inmates may be placed on a Sexual Offender Correctional Management Plan (CMP) if the inmate has engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior, during his incarceration. The (CMP) will be developed to assist you in managing your sexual behavior problem. If you have a history of sexually inappropriate behaviors, charges or convictions, an assessment of risk will be conducted prior to your release from prison. Depending on your level of risk, the Psychology staff may prepare a discharge report that will be included in your halfway house packet and forwarded to your parole/probation officer regarding the intensity of recommended community supervision and monitoring. Recommendations made will be closely tied to your level of risk. The extent to which you comply with your CMP will affect the contents of your discharge report. Specifically, failure to comply with this plan will likely increase your risk level and result in recommendations for more restrictive community supervision.
Psychology Services is strongly committed to the deterrence and prevention of suicide. At times, inmates experience extreme depression and hopelessness, particularly if they are newly incarcerated, serving long sentences, or experiencing relationship problems. If you begin to consider suicide, it is important that you seek assistance immediately. Staff are trained to monitor inmates for signs of suicide risk and to intervene.
If you notice another inmate, showing signs of depression, please report it. Depression is seen as sadness, tearfulness, lack of enjoyment in usual activities, staying away from others, refusing phone calls and/or visits, feeling worthless, being hard on oneself, hopelessness, giving away possessions, and statements like “there is nothing to live for.” Your input can save a life!
The Psychology Department is located in the north corridor between L Unit and N Unit. A psychologist is available daily at mainline, or by submitting an Inmate Request to Staff Member form. In cases of an emergency, a psychologist is available 24 hours per day.