157 Using Activity Tracking Devices to Better Monitor Patients With Chronic Care Needs

Louisville Metro Department of Corrections has adopted an advanced surveillance technology: Patient Activity Monitoring and Management Tablets. PAMM is used to monitor those placed on a timed medical/mental health watch. This software records patient observations and syncs the data to the electronic medical record. This workshop discusses this technology, demonstrates how it can be an […]

150 Transgender Inmates Charged With Sexual Offenses: Treatment Strategies

Corrections-based treatment providers face challenges in working with transgender individuals who have committed sexual offenses, with a need to balance sex-offense-specific treatment with the patient’s mental health needs. Meanwhile, lawmakers and corrections officials are tasked with developing policies and procedures that balance the needs of the individual with those of the institution. This talk will […]

151 Nonsuicidal Self-Injury on Mental Health Watch: Innovative Approaches to Prevention

Decreasing self-injurious behavior of patients on mental health watch is a top priority. This study sought to develop, implement, and measure action items to address self-injury. Health services and DOC administration identified several action items to decrease patients’ ability to obtain and use unauthorized property to harm themselves. Data collection and measurement of outcomes found […]

148 Using Technological Strategies to Combat the Competency Crisis

The inequity between demand for competency evaluation and restoration treatment and availability of professional resources has contributed to a national competency crisis whereby defendants with severe mental illness languish in detention facility awaiting forensic services. This presentation describes various efforts to relieve the burden on strained state mental health systems using technologically enhanced approaches. Learning […]

147 Hidden in Plain Sight: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Incarcerated Populations

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are a common disability in incarcerated populations but often unrecognized. The associated behavior problems mean that individuals with an FASD are likely to be repeat offenders and often have difficulties in custody. This presentation will discuss FASD in adolescents and adults, including behavioral issues and consequences, and share tools for identifying […]

145 Understanding PTSD: Variances in Response to Trauma

A history of trauma is a common in the corrections population. However, not every person who has experienced a traumatic event also experiences impairment in their functioning or symptoms that rise to the level of a diagnosis. This lecture will explore pre-existing vulnerabilities, factors for resilience, and responses to trauma in perpetrators of violence. Learning […]

139 Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention: Individualized Assessment and Individualized Interventions

The rate of suicide in correctional settings has increased over recent years, requiring that suicide prevention strategies be revisited. This presentation will review the research literature on suicide in corrections including risk, protective, and environmental factors. New methods that promote safety while engaging the individual in treatment will be presented. Learning Objectives: Review risk, protective, […]

142 The Use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Reduce Recidivism Rates

Recent research finds that traditional cognitive behavioral therapy approaches do not affect recidivism or release rates. A more specific approach to CBT, dialectical behavior therapy, has much more promising results within the specialized population of the incarcerated. This talk will teach DBT skills and methods in detail for immediate use. It also will cover the […]

140 Food and Mood: A Look Into Nutrition and Mental Health in Corrections

Data is emerging on the connection between nutrition and mental health. A 2018 Harvard study found an association between depression and diets rich in sugar, red meat, and refined grains. It is pertinent to evaluate the implications of nutrition on mental health in correctional facilities. A review of research finds that those with mental illness […]

133 Community Partnerships and Transition Planning for Rural Jails: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Connection to ongoing, community-based services is strongly linked with reduced recidivism, but to reliably support people in making those connections is fraught with barriers. This talk will describe a collaborative effort among academic, criminal justice, and consulting entities to identify and implement best practices in community transition planning and community partner engagement for rural and […]