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Mental Health Service Model

The service system is consistent with a community mental health model. Access to mental health treatment and continuity of services is ensured through each prison's mental health treatment staff and its multidisciplinary mental health treatment team; consisting of, but not limited to, mental health staff, medical staff, substance abuse staff and security staff. The Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility provides multiple areas of care, including acute psychiatry, transitional services, and long term care for offenders with severe mental illness.

There are several key components of the service model which supports the department's mission to ensure access to quality care for offenders with mental illness:

ACCESS TO SERVICES. Upon referral and triage, an offender is able to receive services at any time during his/her incarceration.

BROAD REFERRAL NETWORK. Offenders may self refer; however, mental health staff routinely receive referrals from medical, line staff, offender family members and offender cohorts.

ACCESS REGARDLESS OF ABILITY TO PAY. Offenders are not charged a fee for services.

MANDATORY ASSESSMENT AND SCREENING OF OFFENDERS. Per TDOC policy or ACA guidelines, special populations are assessed or screened upon referral.

TREATMENT AVAILABLE ACROSS ALL CUSTODY LEVELS. Treatment is available to offenders regardless of custody level.

FORMULARY MANAGEMENT INCLUDES CURRENT GENERATION OF PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATIONS. The formulary is current with community standards for medication management of mental illness.

FORMAL UTILIZATION MANAGEMENT AND REVIEW (INTERQUAL). Formal review to ensure the efficiency of mental health operations and expenditures.

The treatment teams utlize a multi-disciplinary approach to developing interventions. Members of the team include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychological examiners, mental health program specialists, nurses, social workers and shift commanders. All mental health services staff serves on the treatment team and also provides consultation to other institutional departments. Mental health staff also make regular visits to all segregation areas to ensure that offenders who need services receive them and to ensure that no offender is placed in segregation solely because of mental illness.

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