Conference on Correctional Health Care Highlights Mental Health in Corrections

Posted Jul 29, 2013

Chicago, July 29, 2013 -- NCCHC’s National Conference on Correctional Health Care, to take place October 26-30 in Nashville, will feature focused sessions on mental health in jails, prisons and juvenile confinement.

The program has 14 mental health sessions covering topics such as substance abuse, ADHD, the DSM-5, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, veterans with mental illness and suicide prevention. Dean Aufderheide, PhD, statewide director of mental health services for the Florida Department of Corrections, will present a preconference seminar titled Beyond Good and Evil: Inside the Mind of the Psychopath.

For the first time, the Commission will offer the new specialty certification for mental health professionals in corrections, the CCHP-MH. The CCHP-MH will support a standardized level of training in the field and help mental health professionals demonstrate the specialty knowledge required to be successful in the field.

One of the largest gatherings of correctional health professionals in the world, the meeting brings new information to the forefront and helps those who work in this challenging field integrate that knowledge into practice. The meeting offers up to 32 hours of continuing education credit.

All conference activities will take place at the Nashville Convention Center. A guaranteed special conference hotel rate is available through October 5. For more information, visit

About the National Commission

NCCHC 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. NCCHC establishes standards for health services in correctional facilities; operates a voluntary accreditation program for institutions that meet these standards; produces and disseminates resource publications; provides technical assistance; offers a quality review program; conducts educational trainings and conferences; and offers a certification program for correctional health professionals. NCCHC is supported by the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections. Each of these organizations has named a representative to the NCCHC Board of Directors.