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Correctional Mental Health Care Conference

July 30 - July 31, 2017

The reduction of community mental health services over the past several decades has led to the “criminalization of the mentally ill,” as described in a forthcoming report by the Major County Sheriffs’ Association in partnership with NCCHC. Inmates with mental illness currently constitute up to 31% of the jail and prison populations.

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

Downloads:  Preliminary Program    Final Program


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


The Correctional Mental Health Care Conference is a unique opportunity for correctional health professionals to convene with peers and experts in the field, exchange ideas and discuss solutions. This conference has been designed for you, to help you find solutions to chronic and emerging issues. Meet others facing comparable challenges and learn how to improve patient outcomes.

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

Rikers Island, the Los Angeles County Jail and the Cook County Jail are the largest mental health facilities in the nation.

— 2017 Major County Sheriffs’ Association report


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 30

After June 30

Registration for Correctional Mental Health Care Conference* 



Registration for both the Correctional Mental Health Care Conference and the Correctional Health Care Leadership Institutes* (July 28-29, Bally's Las Vegas)







* Members of the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals and the American College of Correctional Physicians receive a $25 discount on early and regular rates. These groups are independent of NCCHC and the discounts are offered as a courtesy. New in 2017: CCHPs are eligible for a $25 discount on all NCCHC conference registration rates.

To be considered preregistered, your registration with full payment must be received by July 21. 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 July 7 will be refunded less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations after July 7. 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

Two days of focused Education

The conference features 27 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 30: 7:30 am–5 pm   •   Monday, July 31: 7 am–4:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions

  • Altered Mental Status: Sometimes a Cigar Is Not Just a Cigar
    - Allison Genberg, LCSW, CCHP; Joel Federbush, MD
  • Beyond Restrictive Housing: Alternatives to Segregation and Strategies to Manage High-Risk Inmates
    - Dennis Sandrock, PhD
  • Bringing Effective Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health Into Corrections
    - Donna Strugar-Fritsch, MPA, BSN, CCHP; Dana Neitlich, MSW; Lori Raney, MD
  • Correlations Between PTSD and Criminogenic Behaviors in Veterans
    - Mark Fleming, PhD, CCHP-MH
  • Counteracting the Dangers of Desensitization
    - Ashley Jo Phelps, PhD; Christine DiRubbo, PsyD; Hilary Van Patten, LSCSW, CCHP-MH
  • Creating a Comprehensive Reentry Bridge: Tennessee’s Approach to Case Management
    - Brenda Boyd, ADN, RN-C, CCHP; Judith Trussell, RN, CCHP; Marnese Smartt, MS; Andrew Adler, EdD, CCHP; Mark Fleming, PhD, CCHP-MH
  • Crisis Intervention: Planning and Implementing Effective Strategies
    - Sharen Barboza, PhD, CCHP-MH
  • Diagnosing and Treating the Aging Population
    - David Stephens, PsyD
  • Due Process Requirements for Involuntary Medication Hearings
    - Deana Johnson, JD
  • Effective Mental Health Training for Correctional Staff
    - Peter Kuhns, PsyD
  • Ethical Considerations in Correctional Mental Health: Dual Loyalty and Daily Dilemmas
    - Robin Belcher-Timme, PsyD, CCHP-MH
  • How Did You Sleep: Harmful Patterns and Ways to Improve Sleep Hygiene
    - Timothy Beach, PsyD
  • Increasing Medication Compliance: A Collaboration Between Psychological and Psychiatric Providers
    - Scott Eliason, MD, CCHP-MH; Mark Fleming, PhD, CCHP-MH
  • An Innovative Approach to Treatment Plans and Clinical Outcomes in Correctional Mental Health  Care
    - John Rekart, PhD
  • Losing Time: Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease Behind Bars
    - Aileen Hongo, MSW
  • Making a Bicultural Marriage: How a Correctional Facility and a University Research Team Learned to Live Together
    - Richard James, PhD; William Gupton, MS
  • A New Approach to Working With Inmates Who Hear Voices
    - Andrea Weisman, PhD
  • Painting Murals as a Suicide Reduction Strategy
    - Helena Valenzuela, PhD, CCHP
  • Performance Measures for Quality Improvement Studies
    - Brenda Fields, RN, RHIA, CCHP
  • Practical Management of Bipolar and Personality Disorders
    - David Stephens, PsyD
  • Psychopathy: Providing Treatment and Managing Risk
    - Joel Andrade, PhD, LICSW, CCHP
  • Restoration of Competency to Stand Trial and a Model for Jail-Based Restoration Treatment
    - Danielle Weittenhiller, PsyD; Leah Wallerstein, PsyD
  • Roots of Violent Behavior: Incorporating Mental Health Perspectives With Problematic Individuals
    - Nichole Adams-Flores, PhD
  • Schizophrenia: Treatment, Management and Reentry
    - Speaker to be announced
  • Serious Mental Illness and Segregation: Recommendations for a System That Works
    - Joel Andrade, PhD, LICSW, CCHP
  • Transgender Care: Effective Therapeutic Interventions
    - Timothy Beach, PsyD
  • Understanding the Legal Implications of Malingering
    - Deana Johnson, JD

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

The CCHP credential recognizes mastery of national standards and the specialized knowledge required of a correctional health professional. It’s also a steppingstone and eligibility requirement toward advanced and specialty certification, including the Certified Correctional Health Professional – Mental Health (CCHP-MH), Certified Correctional Health Professional – Physician (CCHP-P) and Certified Correctional Health Professional – Registered Nurse (CCHP-RN) certifications.

The CCHP and specialty exams will be offered on Saturday, July 29, 3 pm – 5 pm.

  • 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 and medical care in corrections as specialties

Content Review Session: Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm, candidates registered for the CCHP-MH or CCHP-P exams will have access to a content review session for those exams. The sessions will be taught by members of the CCHP-MH and CCHP-P subcommittees, who have insight and knowledge of the exam scope and content. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions and refresh the information you have learned while studying for the exam.

The application deadline is June 22. Learn more »

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

This conference reminds us that, while it is our responsibility as mental health professionals to do all we can to improve the quality of care being provided to our patients, it is equally our responsibility to engage our colleagues in the medical and custody fields to partner with us for change.
— Allison Genberg, LCSW, CCHP, Corizon Health

A hotel in the center of the action

All events take place at Bally’s Las Vegas, 3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV. Guest rooms are available for $139 per night. Book by Monday, July 10, to receive the special rate. To book your room, visit

Ideally located in the center of the action on the Las Vegas Strip, Bally’s captures the feel of Old Vegas, but the hotel's rooms have upgraded room amenities like flat-screen TVs, docking stations and pillow-top beds. Bally’s also offers an impressive selection of restaurants, including Mexican, American and Asian cuisine.

ALERT: Unauthorized companies may pose as the official housing vendors for this conference. For your own protection, please exercise caution when making hotel and travel arrangements with such entities. NCCHC only guarantees hotel room rate, availability, benefits and protection for reservations made through Bally's Las Vegas. If you choose to book with an unauthorized vendor, please verify its credentials first and independently confirm that your reservations have been made and will be honored by directly contacting your chosen hotel.

Viva Las Vegas!

What better place for a celebration than Las Vegas? Vibrant, colorful, glitzy Las Vegas – the Entertainment Capital of the World – attracts more than 41 million visitors each year, making it one of the top tourist destinations in the world. They come for the entertainment, shopping, fine dining, night-life and, of course, the casinos. With its neon opulence and around-the-clock excitement, there really is no place quite like Las Vegas.

Whether you're a high roller or a low-key lounger, Las Vegas has something to suit your taste. Sample fare from top chefs and cornucopian buffets, try your luck at one of the world's premier casinos or take in a spectacular show.

Here are useful sites to help you start planning:

Vegas To-Dos
Food and Drink
Vegas Hacks


Presentations are due: June 30, 2017

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

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 30-31, 2017,"
  • 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,Twitter and LinkedIn to publicize your plans to present. Join the conversation about the conference using #ncchcMH17! 
  • Develop and distribute a press release.
  • Distribute the PDF of the conference preliminary program to your professional contacts. 

For more information, contact Deborah Ross, Vice President of Education & Meetings, tel: (773) 880-1460, x-286.

Special Thanks

These companies have made generous sponsorship investments to help support this event.

MHM Correctional Services, Inc.
Wexford Health Sources, Inc.

Contact to learn about gaining visibility with a cost-effective tabletop display or through event sponsorship opportunities.

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 or 773-880-1460, x-298.

Exhibitor Contract

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Event Logos

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Other Opportunities

See the 2017 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 or 773-880-1460, x-298.