NCCHC to Develop Mental Health Curriculum for National Institute of Corrections

Posted Aug 28, 2013

The National Commission on Correctional Health Care has been selected for a cooperative agreement award by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, to develop a curriculum for planning and implementing effective mental health services in jails.

The cooperative agreement will create a program to train participants in the purpose, functions and operational complexities surrounding the housing and treatment for inmates exhibiting signs and symptoms of mental illness. For mental health and custody professionals, being able to manage and treat inmates with mental illness can improve staff and public safety, reduce recidivism and help discharged inmates become productive members of society. The program is both important and timely as the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that half of the individuals in custody have a mental illness. The curriculum and pilot program will be completed by March 2015.

NCCHC is the nation’s leading provider of continuing education to medical and mental health care professionals who work in correctional environments. It has its origins in the Jail Project of the American Medical Association and is one of the oldest and most respected organizations in correctional health care. The Commission was also selected to develop the NIC curriculum Executive Manager Program in Correctional Health Care in 2011.

“NCCHC continues to be at the forefront of finding solutions to mental health issues in jails and prisons,” said NCCHC Board Chair Judith Robbins, LCSW, CCHP. “The Commission has educated thousands of mental health professionals over the past 40 years and has recently introduced a specialty certification program (CCHP-MH) to recognize the specific knowledge required to work in mental health care in jails and prisons.  NCCHC was clearly the right choice for this opportunity.”

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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 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.