Manual of Forms and Guidelines for Correctional Mental Health

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Amanda Ruiz, Charles L. Scott, Jeffrey L. Metzner
American Psychiatric Pub., 2010 - Medical - 214 pages
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This compendium of forms, guidelines, and procedures for use in clinical correctional mental health settings has been specifically designed to provide guidance in documentation and procedures for administrators, clinicians, and correctional officers. Unlike texts with a more theoretical bent, Manual of Forms and Guidelines for Correctional Mental Health focuses on practical applications and provides the tools for putting them to work. This book represents the first attempt to collate such information based on input from correctional mental health providers across the United States and reflects the experience of contributors from a variety of settings, allowing users to compare their current practices with those of their professional counterparts.

Coverage ranges from basic principles of record keeping and informed consent to special topics such as checklists for suicide prevention and screening tools for malingering or mental illness. It also addresses cross-discipline communication difficulties, provides useful tools that could be modified and adapted to a particular setting, and discusses such advances as touch-screen computing. In many instances, sample forms are both “incorrectly” and “correctly” written, to better illustrate concepts. Accompanying the handbook is a CD-ROM that includes interactive versions of the user-friendly forms presented in the chapters. Among the features of this unique toolbox:

    • Provides the most common forms utilized by clinicians within the correctional setting--for intake screening, mental health evaluation, and treatment planning--as well as common errors associated with such documentation.• Covers approaches to medication management currently used in several different correctional settings across the United States, covering major depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and anxiety disorders.• Offers guidelines for quality improvement programs, including several forms such as a medication error analysis tool, a “serious event” report, and a sample corrective action plan.• Includes forms and suggested criteria related to re-entry, modeled on a successful program tailored to mental health parolees in Connecticut.

Use of this book and its forms, particularly in the transfer of inmate-patients across systems or facilities, can greatly aid in decreasing the loss of vital information between transitions--such as communicating high-risk behaviors and preserving medication continuity. Even if a correctional system already has an electronic medical record, this book will provide an abundance of tips and refinements that can improve the provision of correctional health care.

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