Prisons were never intended or designed to care for older adult populations. Yet, between 2003 and 2013, correctional facilities experienced the greatest growth in the population of inmates aged 55 and older (Carson & Sabol, 2016). The continued growth of this population increases the likelihood that correctional officers will be faced with the need to recognize symptoms of behavioral and physical health conditions common to older adult populations. It also increases the need for correctional officers to learn how to respond in ways that balance human rights with facility security. The goal of this course is to provide correctional officers working in adult correctional facilities with information to help them recognize symptoms of behavioral and physical health conditions common among older adult populations and interventions they can use to improve the care and supervision of older adult inmates.
This activity is approved for 2.50 STC credit hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: The Aging Inmate
Older Adults in Corrections
Skills to Manage Older Adults with Behavioral Health Disorders
Section 3: Behavioral Health of Adults in Correctional Facilities
Overview of Behavioral Health Among Inmates
Behavioral Health Conditions Common Among Older Adults
Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Section 4: Physical Health in Corrections
Physical Health of Adults in Correctional Facilities
Changes in the Aging Body
Physical Health Conditions Common Among Older Adults
Injuries Due to Falls
Physical Health Conditions Unique to Women
Disabilities Common Among Older Adults
Section 5: Strategies to Improve Care and Supervision of Older Adults
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Strategies to Improve Care
Minimize Use of Disciplinary Action
Referrals and Paperwork
Palliative Care and Early Medical Release
Section 6: Conclusion
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 declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky. Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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