Correctional Mental Health Care Conference

July 20 - July 21, 2014

Join hundreds of forward-thinking correctional mental health professionals for a two-day exchange of thought leadership and inspiration across a wide range of mental health topics. You will learn about best practices, emerging legal issues and practical approaches to care delivery — and get actionable insights, techniques and tools you need to improve care in your facility. The program and agenda are now available for download. See you at the beautiful Omni Interlocken in July!

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Seeking Solutions, Making Connections

The growing number of incarcerated individuals with mental illness has become a crisis for correctional facilities. Patients in jails, prisons and juvenile facilities require treatment to meet health care standards and to improve their chances of successful reentry. 

This sharply focused gathering features two days of concurrent sessions, along with special networking events to enable participants to learn from each other. 

• Get the latest information from correctional mental health experts
• Discover innovations in mental health care research, delivery and treatment
• Find out how facilities like yours are overcoming budget constraints while maintaining quality services
• Learn about outcome measurement, DSM-5 for corrections, traumatic brain injury, suicide prevention, involuntary medication hearings and more

"This conference allowed me to take a step back from my daily routine and examine all of the ways I can provide better overall care to the population I serve, while protecting myself and the interests of my department and without sacrificing anything." 
– Allison Genberg, LCSW, CCHP



Register online to receive immediate confirmation and payment receipt. If you are new to our online registration system, you must first create your log-in and password.
To register by mail or fax, please download this registration form.

 Registration Rates

Through 6/15

6/16 through 7/15

Registration for Correctional Mental Health Care Conference* 



Registration for both the Correctional Mental Health Care Conference and the Correctional Health Care Leadership Institutes* 







* Members of the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals and the Society of Correctional Physicians receive a $25 discount on early, regular and on-site rates. For details, visit www.correctionalhealth.org or www.societyofcorrectionalphysicians.org. These groups are independent of NCCHC and the discounts are offered as a courtesy.

To be considered preregistered, your registration with full payment must be received by July 15. After this date, all registrations must be processed on-site.

Registration includes breakfast and lunch each day and full access to the proceedings in electronic format.

Note: Registration for, attendance at or participation in NCCHC conferences and associated activities constitutes an agreement to permit NCCHC to use and distribute (now and in the future) the registrant's or attendee's image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities.

Cancellation Policy

Notification of cancellation must be submitted in writing. Cancellations received by July 4 will be refunded less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations after July 4. Delegate substitutions are allowed at any time, but NCCHC must be notified in writing. Registrants who fail to attend the conference and do not notify NCCHC are responsible for full payment.

Questions? Call (773) 880-1460 or email info@ncchc.org.

Session Preview

The conference will feature 30 concurrent sessions in three educational tracks and special networking events to help participants make lifelong connections.There are more sessions to come, but below is a sampling of the expert presentations on the schedule. Download the program brochure now.

Applying the Adverse Childhood Experiences Research to Trauma-Informed Care Lisa Drogosz, PhD 
Benefits of Dog-Assisted Therapy and Music Therapy for the Mentally Ill Christy Simpson, LCSW, CCHP, Alexandra Pajak, MSW, CCHP
CCHP-MH: Specialty Certification for Correctional Mental Health Professionals Matissa Sammons, CCHP, Sharen Barboza, PhD, CCHP-MH, Mark Fleming, PhD, CCHP-MH
Creating an Evidence Base: Measuring Outcomes of Mental Health Treatment in Corrections Sharen Barboza, PhD, CCHP-MH, John Wilson, PhD, CCHP-MH
Current and Future Approaches to Schizophrenia Andrew Angelino, MD
Dealing With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Carolyn Szetela, PhD, Roger Zoorob, MD, MPH
Differentiating Between Mental Illness, Aberrant Behaviors and Neurological Diseases in Aging Inmates Kori Novak-Tennyson, PhD, Jason King, PhD
DSM-5 Diagnosis and Treatment of Aggression, Attention and Mood in Adolescents in Corrections Kim Nagel, MD 
Efficacy of Group Therapy in the Corrections Settings Shama Chaiken, PhD, CCHP, Brittany Brizendine, PsyD, MBA, CCHP
Efficacy of Higher Dose Decanoate Antipsychotics for Inmates With Severe Psychotic Disorders Robin Belcher-Timme, PsyD, Rhonda Montgomery, MSN, APN, Troy Thompson,  MD
Excess Morbidity and Mortality in Serious Mental Illness: Pathways and Prevention John Wilson, PhD, CCHP-MH 
Gender Dysphoria: Clinical and Legal Aspects Joel Andrade, PhD, LICSW
Guided Self-Change in a Substance Abuse Program William Beverly, PhD, CCHP, Jeannette Goldsberry
Implementing PREA Standards in the Context of Inmates With Severe Psychopathology Dianna Kucera, PsyD
The Intersection of Traumatic Brain Injury, Substance Abuse, Mental Illness and Criminality Jennifer Gafford Daugherty, PhD, CCHP, Bradley McMillan, PhD, Kim Gorgens, PhD
Involuntary Medication Hearings: Understanding Federal and State Due Process Requirements Deana Johnson, JD
Managing Behavioral Health Risk: A Rikers Perspective Neil Leibowitz, JD, MD, Jesika Asaro, MEd, CCHP
Managing Delayed Detoxifying Inmates Svoboda Holt, LMHC 
The Nature of Suicide Behavior Disorder and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Wayne Popowski, MA, CCHP 
Parental Support and the Relationship to Health and Lifetime Experience of Abuse Elizabeth Hoener, MA, Barbara Joyce, PhD, RN
Program Development for Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Treatment in a Prison Wilson Howe, PhD, CCHP 
Serious Mental Illness and Segregation: Recommendations for a System That Works Joel Andrade, PhD, LICSW,  Jeffrey Metzner, MD, CCHP-A
The Evolution of the DSM and Its Impact on Correctional Mental Health Thomas Fulks, PsyD, Sonya Khilnani, PhD
Treating the Adolescent Male Psychopath Mark Fleming, PhD, CCHP-MH, Peter Lee, PharmD, MBA, Chuck Jones, PharmD, CCHP
Turning Involuntary Antipsychotic Medication Policies Into Practice Michael Stanfill, PhD 
Using a Big Picture Perspective to Fully Evaluate Inmate Suicide Risk Scott Eliason, MD, CCHP-MH, Ashley Dowell LCPC, CCHP-MH

Conference Learning Objectives

• Demonstrate an increased understanding of pervasive as well as emerging mental health problems within correctional populations and related management issues

• Identify best practices in evaluation, treatment and management for incarcerated individuals with mental illness

• Enhance skills necessary to manage mental health care delivery in correctional settings

• Apply the NCCHC standards for mental health services to mental health programs in correctional facilities


CCHPs: Certified Correctional Health Professionals may earn up to 15 contact hours of Category I continuing education for recertification.

Nurses: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
NCCHC designates this educational activity for a maximum of 15 contact hours.

Physicians: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NCCHC designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PsychologistsThe National Commission on Correctional Health Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NCCHC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This educational activity has been approved for up to 15 hours of credit.

Social Workers: NCCHC has applied for 15 hours of continuing education credit for this program from the National Association of Social Workers.

Recognition of Your Expertise

Correctional mental health professionals make a difference every day. Your knowledge of how to work in a jail or prison setting was likely gained through hard-earned professional education, on-the-job training and direction from more experienced colleagues. How can you get recognized for the special expertise you've gained? Consider becoming a Certified Correctional Health Professional - Mental Health (CCHP-MH) in 2014.

Benefits include:

  • Elevating your basic CCHP certification with specialty certification in your field
  • Demonstrating a foundation of expertise in your specialty
  • Assisting correctional facilities in identifying your specialized knowledge
  • Encouraging the field at large to recognize mental health care in corrections as a specialty

In addition to CCHP-MH, the CCHP and CCHP-RN exams will be offered as well. To learn more, visit www.ncchc.org/cchp.

The exams will be offered on Saturday, July 19. The application deadline is June 13. Learn more at www.ncchc.org/cchp-mh

Please note: your registration for the exam is completely separate from your conference registration and is not included in your conference fee (and vice versa).  

"There are countless “unsung heroes” in our correctional facilities around the country providing essential mental health services and improving and saving lives. Obtaining the CCHP-MH credential can help elevate recognition of the expertise required for these positions. 

Taking the exam turned out to be a pretty enjoyable learning experience. The exam questions required thoughtful answers – not an easy thing to pull off with a multiple-choice test!  Questions tapped my ability to think through sequences of alternatives and develop solutions to common, but often complicated, mental health situations.  

Now I have my CCHP-MH credentials and proudly put them behind my name.  I hope others pursue this step, too.  NCCHC has been a leader in developing standards, resources and training in correctional mental health services.  The CCHP-MH credential is another example of NCCHC raising the bar." -- John S Wilson, PhD, CCHP-MH, Senior Clinical Operations Specialist, MHM Services, Inc.



A Welcome Retreat

All events will take place at the Omni Interlocken, 500 Interlocken Drive, Broomfield, CO, just outside of Denver. Parking is free at this beautiful hotel and retreat. Refresh yourself on new findings in the field among breathtaking views and astonishing natural beauty. Guest rooms are available for $145 per night. Book by June 30 to receive the special rate. Reserve online or call (303) 438-6600.



Get away from it all, close to it all

The Omni Interlocken Hotel puts you near everything, including outdoor fun and a host of attractions. You’ll have a hard time staying indoors with such a gorgeous backdrop.

Denver boasts the nation’s largest park system, 90 golf courses and more than 650 miles of paved bike trails. Sports fans will love Denver’s seven professional sport teams and three downtown sports stadiums. Denver is also home to an impressive performing arts center, a wide collection of museums and galleries, a variety of restaurants and a growing music scene.

With so much to do, you’re sure to have a good time. Find more fun things to do in Denver.

Arts & Culture 
Collage Children’s Museum – 10 miles
Fiske Planetarium – 10 miles
Denver Art Museum – 15 miles
Denver Museum of Science and Nature – 15 miles
Denver Performing Arts Complex – 15 miles

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center – 3 miles
Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse – 10 miles
Celestial Seasonings Tea Company – 10 miles
Downtown Boulder – 10 miles
Coors Brewery Tours – 12.5 miles
Denver Aquarium – 15 miles
Colorado State Capitol – 15 miles
Denver Zoo – 15 miles
Downtown Denver – 20-minute drive
Black Hawk Casino – 40 miles
Central City casinos – 40 miles

Flatiron Crossing shopping and entertainment complex – walking distance
Pearl Street Mall (Boulder’s pedestrian mall) – 8 miles
16th Street Mall (Denver’s pedestrian mall) – 15 miles

Outdoor Recreation 
Scenic Arkansas, Clear Creek and Colorado Rivers (whitewater rafting) – 30-120 miles
Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park – 15 miles
Red Rocks Amphitheater, a world-famous natural amphitheater – 20 miles
Eldora Mountain Resort family ski resort – 25 miles
Gold Lake, a great location for horseback riding – 45-minute drive
Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park – 45 miles
Breckenridge ski resorts – 90 miles
Pikes Peak – 95 miles

University of Colorado, Boulder Campus – 10 miles
Coors Field, home of MLB’s Colorado Rockies – 15 miles
Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home of the NFL Denver Broncos – 15 miles
Pepsi Center, home of the NHL Colorado Avalanche – 15 miles
Colorado State University – 65 miles
Folsom Field, home of the CU Buffalo - 8 miles

Dining & Entertainment
Gordon Biersch – 0.5 mile
Benihana (family dining) – 0.5 mile 
Red Robin (family/casual dining) – 0.5 mile 
Village Tavern (family/casual dining) – 0.5 mile

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Put your products and services in front of this dedicated audience of mental health professionals in a cost-effective easy set-up tabletop exhibit. They want to see you! For more information on sponsorships, advertising or exhibiting, contact Sales Manager Carmela Barhany at Sales@ncchc.org or 773-880-1460, ext 298.

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