Call for Proposals: Correctional Mental Health Care Conference


Overdose deaths are up. Suicides are up. Staffing shortages are up. Staff burnout is up. It’s a challenging time for incarcerated people, as well as leaders and health care staff of correctional institutions.

About 37% of people in prison have a history of mental health problems, according to a 2017 report from the U.S. Department of Justice. More than 24% have been previously diagnosed with major depressive order, 17% with bipolar disorder, 13% with a personality disorder and 12% with post-traumatic stress disorder. The numbers are even higher for people in jail, where one-third have been previously diagnosed with major depressive disorder and almost one-quarter with bipolar disorder.

At the Correctional Mental Health Care Conference, you’ll have the chance to share information and insights with peers and experts. Submit your research, innovations, and best practices. Get recognized for your expertise and innovations.


Submit your proposal by February 4

Proposals must be submitted online. We suggest that you prepare the information in advance to save time online and to ensure that you have a backup copy. Please copy the information into a plain text editor, such as MS Notepad, to eliminate formatting before you copy it to the submission form.

Lead Presenter

The designated lead presenter will serve as the sole point of contact. The lead presenter is responsible for submitting the proposal, informing copresenters of the selection decision, distributing materials to copresenters, planning the presentation agenda and ensuring that the content is not biased. All items below are required to complete your submission. Maximum three presenters per session. 

All Presenters

  • Contact information and professional affiliation
  • 1-page CV or resume
  • Disclosure form: All presenters are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests, as explained on the disclosure form.
  • Qualifications to present the material (lead only)


  • Title: Clearly and concisely indicate the subject and focus of the presentation (maximum 100 characters).

  • Summary: Succinctly describe the presentation for the Final Program (maximum 75 words). Use complete sentences (not bullets) and avoid writing in first-person narrative.

  • Abstract: Summarize the purpose, methods, findings and conclusions of your presentation, and explain what attendees may expect to gain from it (approximately 300 words).

  • Learning Objectives: Provide three learning objectives for the presentation and a brief explanation on how each objective will be met. (Tips for Writing Learning Objectives)

  • Content Outline: Outline the content of your presentation in three parts correlating to the learning objectives. (Tips for Writing Content Outlines)

  • Intended Audience: Indicate the primary audience to whom your presentation is directed, e.g., psychologists, nurses, administrators, all of the above.

  • Permission to Record: Sessions may be audiorecorded to enable postconference learning. Please indicate whether permission is granted to record and distribute your presentation.


The NCCHC education committee will review all submissions. Decisions are based on the following criteria:

  • Content must be relevant to mental health care provided in correctional settings.

  • Content must be accurate.

  • Content must be based on scientific modalities of diagnosis or therapy (if applicable).

  • Presentations that promote corporate products or services will not be accepted.
  • Corporate support, if any, must be disclosed.

  • If applicable, the presentation must be consistent with NCCHC standards and promote their use.

  • Presenters’ credentials and experience should be appropriate to present the subject matter.

  • The presentation should be sufficiently in-depth to require the full time allotment (usually 1 hour).

  • Presentation goals and objectives should correspond with the conference goals and objectives (see sidebar).

  • The presentation must not show preference for one product or service over another unless there is a clear scientific or objective basis to do so, or unless the presentation allows for a fair discussion of alternatives.

To best meet attendees’ needs, we favor presentations that:

  • Engage the audience in productive discussions

  • Provide practical knowledge, skills and tools that can be employed on the job

  • Advance the quality of care provided to patients

  • Improve the work life of those engaged in the delivery of care

  • Encourage innovation in devising effective approaches and solutions


The lead presenter will be notified of the selection decision in March. Presentations will be scheduled for Sunday and Monday, July 31 - August 1. Submission of a proposal implies a commitment to attend the conference should your proposal be accepted. All speakers receive a discount on the conference registration fee.

Presenter Support
Presentation and speaker information will appear in the preliminary and final programs, and abstracts will appear in the proceedings. Each room will be equipped with a podium, microphone, screen, head table and LCD projector. Additional audiovisual equipment may be rented at the speaker’s expense. AV rental forms will be sent with letters of acceptance.


Questions? Contact us at 773-880-1460 or

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