Title

The role of correctional officers in multidisciplinary mental health care in prisons

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry

Date

10-5-2001

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Adult; Behavior Therapy; Case Management; Cross-Sectional Studies; Female; Humans; Interprofessional Relations; Male; Massachusetts; Mental Disorders; *Patient Care Team; *Police; Prisoners; Social Adjustment

Disciplines

Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences

Abstract

Prisons have become the homes of thousands of inmates who have mental disorders. The stress of incarceration can cause morbidity among these individuals, resulting in more severe symptoms and more disruptive behavior. Effective treatment for such inmates often involves services provided by a multidisciplinary treatment team that includes correctional officers. Correctional officers can assist in observations and interventions, and they play a unique role on specialized housing units. Successful collaboration between correctional officers and treatment teams requires a foundation of mutual respect, shared training, and ongoing communication and cooperation. With these elements in place, correctional officers can assist the treatment team and make important and constructive contributions to the assessment and management of offenders who have mental disorders.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Psychiatr Serv. 2001 Oct;52(10):1343-7.

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

Journal Title

Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.)

PubMed ID

11585950