The Centers for Disease Control have identified individuals in correctional facilities as high-risk for suicide. As a correctional administrator, you have a responsibility to ensure correctional staff have the training and tools necessary for identifying, monitoring, responding, and reporting on suicide activities in the facility. This course will provide administrators, managers, and supervisors in jails, prisons, and community confinement facilities with insight into reasons why correctional facilities should develop and implement a suicide prevention program. It will also provide an overview of the key components of a suicide prevention program as identified by several national professional organizations, the types of reviews that should be completed, and the supportive services that should be offered to detainees/inmates and staff following a completed suicide.
This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 1.50 STC credit hours.
This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 1.50 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #5707
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Overview of the Problem A. Why Pay Attention to Suicide B. Suicide Rates in Correctional Facilities C. Increased Risk for Detainees/Inmates D. The Jail Experience E. Liability Issues F. The Focus of Suicide-Related Lawsuits G. 8th Amendment H. The Deliberate Indifference Standard I. Staff Morale J. Accreditation and Funding K. Review L. Summary Section 3: Suicide Prevention Programs A. The Standards B. Key Components of Suicide Prevention Programs C. Staff training D. Identification E. Referral F. Evaluation/Assessment G. Treatment/Risk Management Plan H. Housing I. Monitoring J. Communication K. Intervention L. Notification and reporting M. Review N. Debriefing O. Obstacles to Implementation P. Cause and Effect Q. Review R. Summary Section 4: Program Review and Quality Assurance A. Why Evaluate B. Program Evaluation & Quality Assurance C. Follow-up to a Suicide Attempt or Completion D. Administrative Review E. Psychological Autopsy F. Mortality Review G. Debriefing & Postvention Services H. Review I. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam G. BrainSparks
Expert Reviewer: Dee K. Bell, PhD
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new staff joining the Relias Content Department. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 25 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, publication development, and training and technical assistance development and delivery.Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
Dr. Dee Bell is a clinical psychologist and consultant in the areas of Restorative Justice, Juvenile Justice and Correctional Assessments. She retired as the Deputy Commissioner of Juvenile Justice at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Previously, she served for four years as the Administrator of the Community Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University and the Director of the Balanced and Restorative Justice Project sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Prior to these positions, she has worked 30 + years in Community Corrections for Georgia and Florida State Government. Educated at Clemson University and Emory University, she has provided training in both state and national venues for many years and has authored and co-authored a number of articles on justice system issues and adult and juvenile justice curricula and restorative justice in communities and schools. Disclosure: Dee K. Bell, PhD has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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