The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified individuals in correctional facilities at high-risk for suicide. Risk factors unique to a correctional environment such as shock of incarceration, guilt/shame over incarceration, and existing mental health issues (e.g., alcohol/substance use or mental health disorders) are risk factors for suicide. Isolation from family and friends compounds this risk. This course will provide youth workers working in juvenile detention and other facilities that house youthful offenders with an overview of suicide in juvenile correctional facilities. You will review information related to statistics of suicide in juvenile correctional facilities, examine common myths and facts about suicide, review liability issues related to suicide in juvenile correctional facilities, and be introduced to the components of what should be included in a facility’s suicide prevention program.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 1.00 STC credit hours.
Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: Overview of the Problem
A. Hidden Problem
B. Community Suicide Statistics
C. Suicidal Ideation
D. Suicide Statistics in Youth Correctional Facilities
E. Risk Factors for Youth in Juvenile Facilities
F. Other Contributing Factors Related to Detention
Section 3: Myths and Facts About Suicide
A. Myths and Facts About Suicide
Section 4: Why You Should Care
A. Your Role is Important
B. Liability Issues
C. The Focus of Suicide-Related Lawsuits
D. 8th Amendment
E. Standard of Proof: Deliberate Indifference
F. Purpose of Suicide Prevention Programs
G. Key Components of Suicide Prevention Programs
H. Mitigating Your Liability
I. Case in Point: Heflin v. Tennessee (1992)
Section 5: Conclusion
B. Course Contributors
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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