NCCHC Conference Provides Solutions to Mental Health Care Challenges for Corrections

Posted May 5, 2014

With studies showing that there are 10 times more seriously mentally ill individuals in jails and prisons than in state psychiatric hospitals, jail and prison administrators are facing growing costs, liabilities and operational challenges. To help correctional health care providers meet these challenges and find cost-effective, practical solutions, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care will hold the 2014 Correctional Mental Health Care Conference on July 20-21 in Denver, Colorado.

The conference will provide information on persistent and emerging mental health issues in corrections such as effective treatment, segregation, suicide prevention, substance abuse, legal issues, aging patients, gender identity and fetal alcohol syndrome. The conference features 30 sessions, up to 15 hours of continuing education and the opportunity for mental health professionals in correctional settings to network with others facing similar challenges. Session topics of special interest include:

  • Involuntary medication hearings
  • Evaluating inmate suicide risk
  • Evidence-based substance abuse treatment
  • DSM-5 and its impact on correctional mental health treatment
  • Co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse treatment
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
  • Gender dysphoria: clinical and legal aspects
  • Involuntary antipsychotic medication practices
  • Traumatic brain injury

The conference will take place at the Omni Interlocken Hotel. Attendees who register by June 15 can save up to $50. Attendees can also get a discount if they attend the Correctional Health Care Leadership Institutes immediately preceding the conference.

The conference is supported by the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association. For more information, visit

About NCCHC: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization working to improve the quality of care in our nation’s jails, prisons and juvenile detention and confinement facilities. Programs and resources include standards for health services, mental health services and opioid treatment programs in correctional facilities, voluntary accreditation programs for facilities that meet these standards, educational trainings and conferences, publications and professional certification. NCCHC is supported by the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections. Each of these organizations has named a liaison to the NCCHC board of directors. Learn more at

NCCHC Supporting Organizations: Academy of Correctional Health Professionals, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, American Association of Public Health Physicians, American Bar Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Neuropsychiatrists, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Correctional Health Services Association, American Counseling Association, American Dental Association, American Health Information Management Association, American Jail Association, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Pharmacists Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology, National Association of Counties, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Social Workers, National Medical Association, National Partnership for Juvenile Services, National Sheriffs' Association, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and Society of Correctional Physicians.