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 Bell, PhD
Ms. Cobb is a Content Writer for Public Safety and Health and Human Services at Relias. Ms. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has held a variety of positions in the criminal and juvenile justice systems including a Supervisor in a high security facility for female juveniles; a Court Designated Worker/Juvenile Probation Officer; Facilitator for a parent/teen Nurturing Program; and a Program Coordinator for a juvenile drug and alcohol prevention program. For the past 18 years, Mrs. Cobb has worked in a research, training, and technical assistance capacity. She has 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 managing federal, state, and foundation grants awarded to the College of Medicine, Behavioral Science department, Center for Drug and Alcohol Research, and Kentucky Rural Medical Centers.Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, M.S. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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 Bell, PhD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.