Even though they are incarcerated, offenders still retain some of their rights. Perhaps one of the most important of these is the right to adequate medical and mental healthcare. In this course, you will learn about the major U.S. Supreme Court decision that confirmed offenders’ rights to health care, and you will examine ways that correctional staff may or may not become liable for denying or delaying this health care. In addition, considerations related to suicide, HIV/AIDS, and forcibly medicating offenders are discussed.
This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 1.50 STC credit hours.
This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 1.50 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #5707
Section 1: Introduction A. About the Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Liability Issues A. Meet Officer Ben Riley B. Key Rights C. Estelle v. Gamble D. The Standard for Liability E. Deliberate Indifference F. Medical Liability G. Negligence and Medical Care H. Avoiding Liability with Medical and Mental Health Care I. Doctor-Patient Privilege J. “Agents of the Doctor” K. A Case About Offender Millings L. Confidentiality M. Review Section 3: Considerations around Suicide and HIV/AIDS A. Focus of Suicide-Related Lawsuits B. Suicide Prevention Plan C. Report Suspicions D. Documentation E. Make Referrals F. Important Note G. HIV/AIDS Liability H. HIV/AIDS and Confidentiality I. Review Section 4: Forcibly Medicating Offenders A. When Offender Refuse Treatment B. Criteria to Meet C. Involuntary Medication: Mental Health Disorders and Washington v. Harper D. Review Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam G. BrainSparks
Tracy G. Mullins is the Curriculum Designer for Public Safety at Relias. Tracy has a B.S. in the Administration of Criminal Justice and a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology. Prior to joining Relias Learning in 2017, Tracy worked in various capacities for the American Probation and Parole Association for 22 years. As a Research Associate and Sr. Research Associate, she worked on a variety of federally funded projects focusing on leadership, juvenile justice, victim services, tribal justice, and offender issues. Her responsibilities on these projects include researching justice issues, writing curricula and other publications, and delivering training and technical assistance. From 2010-2016, as Deputy Director of APPA, Tracy managed its grant division, as well oversaw its e-learning initiatives, which included writing and developing online training courses.Subject Matter Expert: Linda L. Bryant, J.D., M.B.A.
Linda L. Bryant is a veteran public safety official and legal expert. She has served on her state’s parole board and as Deputy Attorney General responsible for overseeing the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Division. She also served as Assistant Superintendent of a mega-jail housing special management inmates, during which time she became an AJA Certified Jail Manager. She also served as an attorney in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps. She has been an Adjunct Professor at the College of William and Mary law school and Norfolk State University. She has also consulted and trained for Lexipol, the American Jail Association, and various public safety agencies in the U.S. She is currently a judge in Virginia.
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