Call for Proposals

COVID-19 represented not only a physical health crisis in 2020, but also a mental health crisis, especially for those in correctional institutions

Delays in trials, limits on prison visits by family members and mental health staff, and suspensions in recreational activities factored into poor mental health outcomes. Facilities changed procedures, had to reduce some in-person treatment options, and often dealt with pandemic-induced lockdowns. Nevertheless, facilities innovated in 2020, finding new ways to support patients and staff, treat chronic problems of suicide and substance use disorder, and overcome resource limitations.

We are interested in your experiences with COVID-19 as well as the whole spectrum of mental health concerns in correctional settings. Submit your research, innovations, and best practices to the Correctional Mental Health Care Conference. Clinicians and administrators alike will come to learn from leaders who can help them manage mental health care delivery. 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.


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 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 Saturday and Sunday, July 17-18. 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.

Your next opportunity to submit a proposal is for the 2021 National Conference on Correctional Health Care. Learn more >

Questions? Contact us at 773-880-1460 or [email protected]

Topics of interest

  • Abuse
  • Brain Injury
  • Competency
  • COVID-19 Challenges and Solutions
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Ethics
  • Excited Delirium
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Involuntary Medication Hearings
  • Legal Issues
  • Opioids and MAT
  • Psychotropic Meds
  • PTSD
  • Quality Improvement
  • Reentry
  • Segregation
  • Serious Mental Illness
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Staff Recruitment
  • Staff Self-Care and Burnout
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Telepsychiatry
  • Trauma
  • Unconscious Bias

July 17-18, 2021

Submission deadline: February 19

The call for proposals is closed.

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