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.
This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 1.25 STC credit hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Receiving Screening Basics
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
Medical History and Observations
Mental Health History and Observations
Suicide Risk Screening
Alcohol/Drug Intoxication Screening
Determining Dispositions and Referrals
Section 4: Strategies for Conducting Effective Receiving Screening
Conducting an Effective Receiving Screening
Demonstrating Respect and Extending Common Courtesies
Using Effective Communication Skills
Section 5: Conclusion
Reviewer: Robert Hood
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.
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.
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