Serious mental illness is highly prevalent in correctional institutions, making quality psychiatric evaluation there critically important. Assessments in jails and prisons may be more challenging due to operational limitations. High baseline rates of comorbidities and malingering, none of which are mutually exclusive with serious mental illness, further increase the difficulty. Misuse of prescription medication, which may involve abuse or diversion of even non-controlled drugs, is a common and especially concerning problem in these settings. This courses discusses the unique aspects, both advantageous and otherwise, of psychiatric assessments in correctional settings, how to work with a medication formulary, motivations for and methods used by inmates to obtain medications for non-clinical purposes, and how to reduce the incidence and risk of such behavior.
**This content was captured at the 2016 APA Annual Meeting and may reference information from various sources and terminology from previous editions of the DSM.
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Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. (Effective January 1, 2019)
- describe assessments and interventions of inmates with serious mental illness
- list factors complicating the assessment of serious mental illness in the inmates
- explain the medical formularies available for the treatment of the serious mental illness
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 30 minutes
Begin Date: July 1, 2017
End Date: February 1, 2020
How to Earn Credit
Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 100% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the event date and hours earned.
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 enduring CME activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- Anthony Tamburello, M.D., Rutgers University Correctional Health Care. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Karuna S. Poddar, M.D., M.S., Cooper University Hospital. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Ricardo A. Juarez, M.S., Deputy Director, Development and Engagement, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Claire Van Wagner, Membership Development Coordinator, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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