Call for Proposals: Correctional Mental Health Care Conference


We encourage you to share your expertise and help to advance knowledge and practice in this essential yet challenging area.

Correctional health professionals from across the country will explore important mental health issues and the latest practices in correctional settings at the 2017 Correctional Mental Health Care Conference, taking place July 30-31 in Las Vegas. Clinicians and administrators alike will come to learn from leaders who can help them improve quality along the continuum of care. Topics of interest include behavioral and mental health disorders and treatment, administrative issues, best practices, emerging legal issues, substance abuse and treatment, special populations and more. For specific ideas, see sidebar.


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

All proposals must have a designated lead presenter who is 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. The maximum number of presenters for a session is three. 

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)

  • Skill Level: Indicate the level of your presentation—basic, intermediate or advanced.

  • 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 late February. Presentations will be scheduled for Sunday and Monday, July 30-31. Submission of a proposal implies a commitment to attend the conference should your proposal be accepted. All speakers will 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