Correctional Mental Health Care Conference 2016

July 17 - July 18, 2016

A 2014 study by the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Treatment Advocacy Center found that there are 10 times as many people with mental illness in the nation’s jails and prisons as in state mental institutions. Caring for mentally ill inmates has become a central challenge for correctional institutions.

Supported by:
• Academy of Correctional Health Professionals
• American Psychiatric Association
• American Psychological Association

Downloads:  Preliminary Program  •  Final Program


Program Information
Continuing Education
About Boston
Presenter Guidelines
Corporate Sponsors and Grants
Exhibitor Information

pathways to success

The Correctional Mental Health Care Conference is a unique opportunity for mental health professionals to gather with others facing similar challenges, exchange ideas and learn about solutions. Nowhere else will you find educational programming designed specifically for you. Taught by top-notch faculty, educational sessions explore everyday challenges, hot topics and thought-provoking issues.

The conference features two full days of focused mental health discussions, 30 educational sessions and special networking events to help you make lifelong connections.

• Get the latest information from correctional mental health experts 
• Discover innovations in mental health care research, delivery and treatment
• Stay on top of the legal issues inherent in correctional mental health care

"No longer can we view jails and prisons as places that happen to house mentally ill inmates. Incarceration and mental health treatment have been infused; they are one and the same."

— Cook County (IL) Sheriff Thomas Dart


Register online to receive immediate confirmation and payment receipt. If you are new to our online registration system, you must first create your log-in and password.
To register by mail or fax, please download this registration form.

 Registration Rates

Through June 17

June 18 - July 8

Registration for Correctional Mental Health Care Conference* 



Registration for both the Correctional Mental Health Care Conference and the Correctional Health Care Leadership Institutes* 







* Members of the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals and the American College of Correctional Physicians receive a $25 discount on early, regular and on-site rates. These groups are independent of NCCHC and the discounts are offered as a courtesy.

To be considered preregistered, your registration with full payment must be received by July 8. After this date, all registrations must be processed on-site.

Registration includes breakfast and lunch each day and full access to the proceedings in electronic format.

Note: Registration for, attendance at or participation in NCCHC conferences and associated activities constitutes an agreement to permit NCCHC to use and distribute (now and in the future) the registrant's or attendee's image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities.

Cancellation Policy

Notification of cancellation must be submitted in writing. Cancellations received by June 17 will be refunded less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations after June 17. Delegate substitutions are allowed at any time, but NCCHC must be notified in writing. Registrants who fail to attend the conference and do not notify NCCHC are responsible for full payment.

Questions? Call (773) 880-1460 or email info@ncchc.org.

Two days of focused Education

The conference features 33 educational sessions as well as networking events to help participants make lifelong connections. Below is the lineup of sessions.
Downloads: Preliminary Program  •  Final Program

Sunday, July 17 — 7:30 am–5 pm
Monday, July 18 — 7 am–4:30 pm

Plenary Sessions 
  • Educational Breakfast: Perspectives on Opioid and Substance Abuse Disorders (session sponsored by Alkermes)
  • Educational Luncheon : Class Actions in Corrections: A Look at the Resurgence of this Trend (sponsored by MHM Correctional Services, Inc.)
  • Educational Luncheon: Reentry to Recovery: Beyond the Walls
  • Roundtable Breakfast Discussions

 Concurrent Sessions 

  • Across the Great Mind–Body Divide
  • Alternatives to Segregation for Seriously Mentally Ill Inmates in Pennsylvania State Prisons
  • Care of the Transgender Inmate: Running a Prison in the 21st Century
  • CCHP-MH: Specialty Certification for Correctional Mental Health Professionals
  • Childhood Trauma, Anxiety and Corrections: Interventions and Outcomes
  • Crisis Intervention Partner (CIP) Training Programs in Prison
  • Developing a Jail-Based Mental Health CQI Program
  • Developing Work–Life Balance to Manage Occupational Stress
  • Gender Dysphoria: Recommendations for a Successful Program
  • Help for Your “Help Wanted” Challenges
  • Hepatitis C Infection: Antiviral Treatment and Mental Health
  • Important Techniques in Communicating With Counsel
  • Involuntary Medication: A Primer for Clinician Defense Against Civil Rights Lawsuits
  • Legal Updates on Correctional Mental Health Issues
  • Locked Up and Can’t Get High: The Psychology of Addiction
  • Malingering of Psychosis: Detection and Treatment Implications
  • Managing Inmates Who Engage in High-Risk Behaviors
  • Managing the Complexities of Schizophrenia
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment and Community Linkage: Lessons Learned
  • Parenting From Prison: Communication Strategies for Relationship Healing
  • Reaching the Patient: Psychotherapy in Segregation
  • Reducing Use-of-Force Incidents With Mental Health Patients
  • Serious Mental Illness and Segregation: How Massachusetts Resolved This Litigation
  • Strategies for Understanding and Working With Personality-Disordered Patients
  • Stress-Reduction Techniques That Work in Corrections
  • Suicide Prevention: Guiding Principles for a Sound Program
  • Suicide Risk Assessment, Documentation and the Law
  • The Many Faces of Trauma: Individualized Treatment for Survivors
  • The Use of Activity Therapy in a Prison Behavioral Health Program
  • Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting: Common Pitfalls in Interpreting NCCHC Standards

Conference Learning Objectives

Attendees will be able to:

• Demonstrate an increased understanding of pervasive as well as emerging mental health problems within correctional populations and related management issues

• Identify best practices in evaluation, treatment and management for incarcerated individuals with mental illness

• Enhance skills necessary to manage mental health care delivery in correctional settings

• Apply the NCCHC standards for mental health services to mental health programs in correctional facilities


CCHPs: Certified Correctional Health Professionals may earn up to 15 contact hours of Category I continuing education for recertification.

Nurses: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
NCCHC designates this educational activity for a maximum of 15 contact hours.

Physicians: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NCCHC designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PsychologistsThe National Commission on Correctional Health Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NCCHC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This educational activity has been approved for up to 15 hours of credit.

Social Workers: This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886452976-2404) for 15 Social Work continuing education contact hours.

leadership, commitment, Expertise

Correctional mental health professionals make a difference every day. Your knowledge of how to work in a jail or prison setting was gained through hard-earned professional education, on-the-job training and direction from more experienced colleagues. How can you get recognized for the special expertise you've gained? Consider becoming a Certified Correctional Health Professional - Mental Health (CCHP-MH).

  • Elevate your basic CCHP certification with specialty certification in your field
  • Demonstrate a foundation of expertise in your specialty
  • Show correctional facilities your specialized knowledge
  • Encourage the field to recognize mental health care in corrections as a specialty

The CCHP, CCHP-Physician and CCHP-RN exams will be offered, as well. To learn more, visit www.ncchc.org/cchp.

The exams will be offered on Saturday, July 16. The application deadline is June 9. Learn more at www.ncchc.org/cchp-mh

Please note: Registration for the exam is completely separate from conference registration and is not included in your conference fee (and vice versa).  

"The practice of mental health within corrections settings is unique. CCHP-MH certification allows me to demonstrate to my colleagues, my clients and my patients that I have a mastery of the NCCHC mental health standards and associated material that support my ability to provide quality mental health services in corrections."
— Sharen Barboza, PhD, CCHP-MH, Vice President, Clinical Operations - Mental Health, MHM Correctional Services, Inc.

An iconic boston hotel

All events will take place at the The Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA. This elegant hotel is ideally situated in the historic Back Bay district. It features three restaurants, three lounges, a spa, business center, fitness center, Starbucks and several retail stores. 

Guest rooms are available for $189 per night. Book by Tuesday, July 5, to receive the special rate. Reserve online or call 800-228-3000 or 617-262-9600 and tell the reservation agent that you are attending the "NCCHC 2016" conference.

The hotel is adjacent to the Back Bay train station, subway and bus station and only minutes from Logan airport.

can your city do this?

Boston is a wonderful blend of stylish sophistication and historic New England charm. More than 18 million people visit the city annually, making it a leading tourist destination. Find out for yourself why Boston is one of the world's favorite cities. Ask yourself, "Can your city do this?" Well, Boston can. Uncover the city's history by walking its famous Freedom Trail, take a tour ... the possibilities are endless! 

Boston dining is increasingly a destination all its own. The restaurant scene is delicious and dynamic. Select from four-star restaurants to neighborhood bistros, from contemporary cuisine to traditional New England fare with a few surprises to an eclectic mix of ethnic dishes making for a gastronomic United Nations.

Even the shopping in Boston is of historical proportions for Massachusetts. Designer boutiques, eclectic galleries, prestigious department stores and name-brand outlets are bound to please everyone from whimsical window-shoppers to serious fashionistas. Choose from indoor and outdoor shopping centers or specialty stores throughout Boston's neighborhoods.

Each of the city's neighborhoods has a remarkably different style and tone. From the Back Bay's cosmopolitan streets and ornate Victorian townhouses to the aromas spilling into the narrow and jumbled 17-century streets of Boston's North End to the spirited and funky neighborhood squares of Cambridge—all within easy distance from one another. 

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Boston Weather

Summer can be delightful, with the ocean breezes helping keep the humid temperatures in control. Evening temperatures can be cool and may require a light sweater. A pop-up thunderstorm is not uncommon, so you may want to pack an umbrella. Average high temperatures in July are above 80 °F and overnight lows above 60 °F. 


Presentations are due: June 27, 2016

Please use this NCCHC PowerPoint template.

Speaker Disclosure Form

Your presentation for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care is one of the most important means of exchanging information among correctional health care professionals. These guidelines will help make your presentation as effective as possible.


The time allotment for most sessions is one hour. Please do not go over your allotted time because it will disrupt the program schedule. Plan your talk to allow 10 minutes for questions. (Adjust accordingly if your session is more than one hour.) If you have special needs for your presentation that have not already been accounted for, contact Deborah Ross in advance at deborahross@ncchc.org.

Plan to speak slowly and clearly so that everyone can understand you, especially if you discuss a topic not covered in your visual presentation materials. As a rough guideline, you should allow for approximately 2-3 minutes per slide that you use for your talk. Therefore, we recommend that you plan for approximately 12-20 slides, maximum, for a 50-minute talk. An introductory slide should show the title of your presentation, your name with credentials and your affiliation.

Because the session rooms can be much larger than typical conference rooms, use large, well-spaced type on your slides and allow space for the border around the image. The maximum number of lines on your slide should be 8-10 lines of type that is preferably 24 pt size or larger for most text and never smaller than 18 pt for any text. Please use the provided template. 

The organizations that allow NCCHC to offer continuing education require that NCCHC keep copies of presentation materials. In addition, conference attendees are entitled to receive presentation materials for every session, so you MUST provide an electronic copy of your slides. This must be sent to NCCHC by the requested deadline. Otherwise, it is your responsibility to provide presentation handouts, typically 100 copies per session. A copy of the handout also should be provided to NCCHC.


Arrive at your session room 10 minutes before the talk begins to discuss any special arrangements or problems with the session moderator. Please check the audiovisual equipment you will be using. A laptop will be provided.

Before your talk, the moderator will introduce you, giving, at minimum, your name, professional affiliation and presentation title. If you would like additional information to be shared with the audience, please communicate that to your moderator.

Always speak into your microphone, and when someone asks a question, please repeat it succinctly. Please refrain from making comments that could be perceived by others to be disparaging to the profession of correctional health care or the patients we serve.

Remember, you typically will have a maximum of 50 minutes for your entire presentation plus 10 minutes for questions and answers. Your moderator will signal you when you have approximately 10 minutes remaining. Your moderator may interrupt you, if necessary, to allow adequate time for questions from the audience.

  • Update your email signature to include a message such as “See you at the Correctional Mental Health Care Conference, July 17-18, 2016, www.ncchc.org/mental-health-conference."
  • Provide information about the event and your presentation in your organization’s newsletters as well as other communications.
  • Place the conference banner or logo on your organization’s website and/or as part of your e-mail signature. It’s available on the conference site under “exhibitor information.”
  • Include the Correctional Mental Health Care Conference on your company calendar on your website, if applicable.
  • Add information about the conference to your organization's intranet calendar.
  • Use social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn to publicize your plans to present. 
  • Develop and distribute a press release.
  • Distribute the PDF of the conference preliminary program to your professional contacts. 
For more information, email: Deborah Ross, Vice President of Education & Meetings, tel: (773) 880-1460, x-286

Special Thanks

The following companies have made generous grants and sponsorship investments to help support this event.

  • Alkermes provided an independent educational grant in support of an educational session on opioid and substance abuse disorders
  • MHM Correctional Services, Inc., provided an independent educational grant in support of Sunday’s lunch on class action litigation
  • Wexford Health Sources, Inc., provided funding in support of attendee portfolios

Reach Your Customers and Prospects

Put your products and services in front of this dedicated audience of mental health professionals in a cost-effective, easy set-up tabletop exhibit. They want to see you! For more information on sponsorships, advertising or exhibiting, contact Sales Manager Carmela Barhany at sales@ncchc.org or 773-880-1460, x-298.

Exhibitor Contract

Exhibitor Prospectus


Download the banner or logo of your choice for use in your conference exhibition promotional efforts. Right click on the desired link and "Save target as..." Files are in jpg format but may be converted to other formats or resized as necessary. Images below are reduced in size and shown for illustration purposes.

Download the square logo (3" x 3"). Link to www.ncchc.org/mental-health-conference.

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Download the long banner (468x60). Link to www.ncchc.org/mental-health-conference.

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Other Opportunities

Also see the 2016 Marketing and Resource Guide for general information about conference exhibition and sponsorship, plus cost-effective advertising packages.

For more information, contact Carmela Barhany, Sales Manager, at sales@ncchc.org or 773-880-1460, x-298.