Free Educational Resources for Health Care Aspects of the Prison Rape Elimination Act Available

Posted Jul 9, 2013

A new Web page,, is available to educate health care professionals on relevant aspects of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). On the resource page, experts in the field present specialty training for medical and mental health care practitioners in videotaped presentations.

The presentations are:

  • Detecting and Assessing Signs of Sexual Abuse and Harassment by Jaye Anno, PhD., CCHP-A, Consultants in Correctional Care and Karla Vierthaler, MPA, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
  • Forensic Evidence Preservation by Kim Day, RN, FNE, International Association of Forensic Nurses.
  • How to Respond Professionally and Effectively to Victims of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment During Incarceration by Jayne Russell, MEd., CCHP-A
  • Reporting and the PREA Standards by Robert Dumond, MA, LCMH, Consultants for Improved Human Services
  • PREA and Medical and Mental Health Care: A Trauma-Informed Approach by Christine Kregg, Just Detention International
  • Why PREA Matters: Understanding Sexual Trauma in Custody by Christine Kregg, Just Detention International

NCCHC is supporting implementation and compliance with health care aspects of PREA with education, curriculum development and technical assistance. NCCHC was selected by the PREA Resource Center (PRC) for this role based on expertise in correctional health care standards, facility compliance and auditing.

In April, NCCHC pilot tested and videotaped specialty training for medical and mental health care practitioners. The curriculum, to be released later this year, includes information on detecting and assessing signs of sexual abuse and harassment, forensic evidence preservation, effective professional responses and reporting.

In August 2013, the US Department of Justice will begin auditing facilities to assure compliance with the Act. For technical assistance, health care practitioners should contact the PRC at

Notice of Federal Funding and Federal Disclaimer – This project was supported by Grant No. 2010--RP--BX--K001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice.