Understanding Correctional Mental Health Services
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Availability
On-Demand
Expires on Jan 18, 2026
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 NCPD Credit
1 Psych CE Credit
1 SW CE Credit
1 COP Credit

Individuals with serious mental illness are over-represented in criminal legal contexts. In particular, their prevalence rates in jails and prisons are higher than the general population. Practitioners working to treat individuals with serious mental illness may have patients who are incarcerated. Yet the practitioners may not know the availability and challenges of mental health services within these correctional settings. Jails and prisons are environments where safety considerations are primary, yet there is case law and evolving standards that are pushing improved mental health services, including access to medications and certain therapies. At the same time, constraints within correctional environments and the challenges of the populations served may limit access to a full continuum of psychiatric care. Data is alarming regarding suicide rates in these facilities, which has risen despite advances in mental health service standards in corrections. For individuals with serious mental illness there may be opportunities for coordinating care between mental health service providers within correctional settings and community-based providers. This webinar will provide an overview of mental health services within correctional systems and the importance of linkages with community providers. 

Format

Live interactive webinar 

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate the prevalence rates of serious mental illness in jails and prisons.  
  • Review case law and national standards that are used to help guide mental health services in jails and prisons.
  • Assess the realities of correctional environments that make delivery of care challenging.  
  • Determine the basic elements of mental health care needed within correctional settings including reentry coordination.  

Outline

  • Review of prevalence rates of serious mental illness in jails and prisons.
  • Review of case law and national standards.
  • Overview of care delivery in correctional settings.
  • Introduction to mental health care in correctional settings.
  • Presenter Q&A.

Target Audience

Counselor, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Pharmacist, Psychiatrist, Physician (Non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Psychologist, Social Worker, Peer Specialist/Peer Support  

Instructional Level

Intermediate 

Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: January 18, 2022
Program End Date: January 18, 2026

Program Review Date: February, 24 2023

Ongoing Interdisciplinary Discussion Board

After completing the course, engage with colleagues in the mental health field through SMI Adviser's Webinar Roundtable Topics discussion board. This is an easy way to network and share ideas with other clinicians who participate in this webinar. Access through the discussion tab.

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit, nursing continuing professional development contact hours (NCPD, formerly CNE), CE credit for psychologists, CE credit for social workers, or a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. Participants claiming CE credit for psychologists and those claiming CE credit for Social workers, must have full attendance to claim credit. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), NCPD (nurses), CE certificate (psychologists), CE certificate (social workers) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event date and hours earned.  

Continuing Education Credit

Physicians

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Psychologists

The American Psychiatric Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. American Psychiatric Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Nurses/Nurse Practitioners

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

Social Workers 

American Psychiatric Association, provider #1743, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. American Psychiatric Association maintains responsibility for this course.  ACE provider approval periods: 05/18/2021 - 05/18/2024.  Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 continuing education credits. 

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

All financial relationships relevant to this activity have been mitigated.
 

Instructor

  • Debra A. Pinals, MD serves as the director of the Program in Psychiatry, Law, and Ethics and as a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is a clinical adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School. She also is the medical director of behavioral health and forensic programs for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She is board certified in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry, and is a board certified in addiction medicine. From 2008 to 2016, she was the assistant commissioner of forensic services, and between 2012 and 2014, she was the interim state medical director for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. During her career she has been a clinical psychiatrist in community mental health, inpatient settings, forensic and correctional facilities, emergency rooms, and court clinics. Dr. Pinals has no financial relationships to disclose. 

Planners

  • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Amy N. Cohen, PhD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • John Torous, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterDr. Torous has no financial relationships to disclose. 
  • Sherin Khan, LCSW, Thresholds. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, University of Texas at Austin. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.  

Reviewers

  • Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Rolin has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. (Reviewed on 2/24/23)

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

This website requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be:  Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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Funding for SMI Adviser was made possible by Grant No. SM080818 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, SAMHSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.
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