Standards for Mental Health Services In Correctional Facilities

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NCCHC developed these standards specifically for mental health services in conjunction with an accreditation program.

This program is designed for mental health services that operate under an authority different from health services. In cases where both services do not seek accreditation together, this program provides another option for the facility’s mental health component. The mental health standards parallel those for health services in format and substance, and likewise cover the general areas of care and treatment, clinical records, administration, personnel and legal issues. The difference is that they make more explicit what the standards require for adequate delivery of mental health services. Together, these tools can help facilities determine proper levels of care, organize systems more effectively and efficiently, and demonstrate that constitutional requirements are being met.

Glossary and index. Published by NCCHC (2008). Soft cover, 166 pages.

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