Conducting Receiving Screening in Correctional Facilities

Conducting Receiving Screening in Correctional Facilities 

Effective health receiving screening for newly admitted detainees/inmates is vital to the safety and security of a correctional facility. A lack of or inadequate receiving screening can lead to medical emergencies, suicide attempts, deaths, injuries to staff and individuals in custody, and lawsuits. Receiving screenings should be conducted by health-trained correctional officers or healthcare personnel. Therefore, this course is primarily designed to provide an overview of the receiving screening process for staff who are in the process of becoming or have recently become health-trained correctional officers. This course can also serve as a refresher course for correctional staff who work in booking or intake at the facility. This course explains the importance and purpose of the receiving screening and discusses key components of the process. It also provides tips on how to conduct more effective receiving screening.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Jail Association Certification

1.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 1.00 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RSCO2-CORR-0-V2
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 11/1/2024
Learning Objectives:
Explain the purpose of receiving screening for individuals arriving at a correctional facility and the 2 steps in the receiving screening process.
Describe 8 components of an effective receiving screening process.
Discuss 4 strategies for conducting effective receiving screening.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Receiving Screening Basics

Mr. Smith

Purpose of Receiving Screening

Steps in Receiving Screening

When Immediate Medical Clearance May Be Necessary

Timeliness of Receiving Screening

What You Need to Know



Section 3: Components of the Receiving Screening Process

Components of the Receiving Screening Interview

Sources of Information


Arrest/Transport Information

Medical History and Observations

Mental Health History and Observations

Dental Screening

Suicide Risk Screening

Alcohol/Drug Intoxication Screening

Determining Dispositions and Referrals

Emergency Disposition



Section 4: Strategies for Conducting Effective Receiving Screening

Conducting an Effective Receiving Screening

Demonstrating Respect and Extending Common Courtesies

Being Professional

Remaining Objective

Using Effective Communication Skills

Documenting Findings



Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributors




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.
Expert Reviewer: Robert Hood
Lt. Robert L. Hood began his career with the Sheriff's Office in 2004 as a corrections officer. He was duly promoted to Corrections Sergeant in 2009 and then to Corrections Lieutenant in 2012. He worked his way through college where he received his AAS degree from Jefferson State Community College in 2009 and his BS degree from Troy University in 2011. Most recently he completed the National Jail Leadership Command Academy Class #17 at Sam Houston State University and passed the Certified Jail Manager (CJM) examination given by the American Jail Association (AJA). Lt. Hood was recognized nationally by the AJA in January of 2016 as one of The Top 35 under 35. Lt. Hood is an FBI trained instructor in several disciplines related to corrections. Lt. Hood has instructed classes for a 2-week Jail Management School through the Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy for the last 9 years. Lt. Hood was elected to be on the American Jail Association Board of Directors in 2018. Lt. Hood currently holds the position of 2nd Vice-President of the Alabama Jail Association. Disclosure: Robert Hood has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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