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Handbook of Correctional Mental Health, Second Edition

Edited by Charles L. Scott, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-389-1
  • Item #62389


Clinicians who work on the frontlines of correctional mental health know that the challenges are only increasing. Not only is the proportion of inmates with mental disorders growing at a rate that exceeds that of the correctional population as a whole, but this group is expanding at both ends of the aging continuum, so that increasing numbers of both geriatric and juvenile offenders require assessment and treatment. Changing patient demographics and evolving treatment modalities make it essential that psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and other professionals who serve the prison population have access to the most practical, up-to-date, and comprehensive resource. Handbook of Correctional Mental Health, now in an expanded, second edition, is that resource.

This book addresses key concepts to ensure that the reader meets the current standard of care for inmates through all phases of the criminal justice system. In 20 state-of-the-art chapters, nationally recognized providers and correctional mental health experts address the most pressing issues facing clinicians. Unique to this edition, the Handbook:

  • Summarizes the literature regarding unique populations observed in a correctional environment, thereby assisting the provider in tailoring treatment to various target populations.
  • Provides a clear overview of both malpractice law and the concept of “deliberate indifference” that aids the reader in understanding the legal requirements for providing care and minimizing risks of lawsuits.
  • Educates clinicians on how to differentiate feigned versus legitimate mental health symptoms, and how to understand and interpret inmate motivations for psychiatric malingering.
  • Discusses important administrative aspects regarding documentation issues, quality assurance, and practicing under a consent decree.
  • Provides useful tables throughout the text with key summary points emphasized.
  • Includes five new, clinically focused chapters on the assessment and treatment of inmates with substance use disorders, geriatric offenders, juvenile offenders, inmates with self-injurious behaviors, offenders who have experienced various traumas during their lives, and inmates housed on maximum security units and death row.

Other titles in the field are either out-of-date or limited in scope. By contrast, this new edition of Handbook of Correctional Mental Health includes everything mental health professionals need to provide the highest standard of care to this growing—and complex—patient population.


    Part I: Overview of Correctional Settings and Provision of Care
    CHAPTER 1. Overview of the Criminal Justice System
    CHAPTER 2. The Criminal Justice System and Offenders Placed in an Outpatient Setting
    CHAPTER 3. Legal Issues Regarding the Provision of Care in a Correctional Setting
    Part II: Clinical Evaluation and Care
    CHAPTER 4. The Mental Health Professional in a Correctional Culture
    CHAPTER 5. Conducting Mental Health Assessments in Correctional Settings
    CHAPTER 6. Continuous Quality Improvement and Documentation
    CHAPTER 7. Evaluating and Treating Substance Use Disorders
    CHAPTER 8. Managing the Disruptive or Aggressive Inmate
    CHAPTER 9. Toward a Better Understanding of Suicide Prevention in Correctional Facilities
    CHAPTER 10. Assessment of Malingering in Correctional Settings
    CHAPTER 11. Trauma and Incarcerated Persons
    CHAPTER 12. Pharmacotherapy in Correctional Settings
    CHAPTER 13. Creating Wellness Through Collaborative Mental Health Interventions
    CHAPTER 14. Monitoring a Correctional Mental Health System
    CHAPTER 15. Clinically Oriented Reentry Planning
    Part III: Special Inmate Populations
    CHAPTER 16. Supermax Units and Death Row
    CHAPTER 17. Female Offenders in Correctional Settings
    CHAPTER 18. Individuals With Developmental Disabilities in Correctional Settings
    CHAPTER 19. Juvenile Offenders
    CHAPTER 20. Geriatric Offenders


    Sandra K. Antoniak, M.F.S., M.D.
    Kenneth L. Appelbaum, M.D.
    Gary E. Beven, M.D.
    Kathryn A. Burns, M.D., M.P.H.
    Shama B. Chaiken, Ph.D.
    The Honorable Charlotte Cooksey
    Henry A. Dlugacz, M.S.W., J.D.
    Tracy D. Gunter, M.D.
    Lindsay M. Hayes
    Steven J. Helfand, Psy.D.
    James L. Knoll IV, M.D.
    Catherine F. Lewis, M.D.
    Sharon Lipford, LCSW-C
    Barbara E. McDermott, Ph.D.
    Jeffrey L. Metzner, M.D.
    Catherine Prudhomme, Ph.D.
    Richard Rogers, Ph.D., ABPP
    Jason G. Roof, M.D.
    Erik Roskes, M.D.
    Amanda Ruiz, M.D.
    Susan Sampl, Ph.D.
    Charles L. Scott, M.D.
    Jing Shi, M.S.
    Humberto Temporini, M.D.
    Christopher Thompson, M.D.
    Robert L. Trestman, Ph.D., M.D.
    Michael J. Vitacco, Ph.D.
    Nancy L. Wolff, Ph.D.
    Stephen Wu, M.D.

About the Authors

Charles L. Scott, M.D., is Chief of the Division of Psychiatry and the Law, Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California.

With the dearth of literature on this patient population, this update is much needed and well done. This edition is another step forward in the understanding of inmates and their psychiatric treatment.—Steven T. Herron, M.D., Doody Enterprises, 1/1/2010

I am very impressed with the contributing authors’ (primarily psychiatrists and psychologists) great experience and writing skills, and with Dr. Scott’s talent at putting the project together in a second edition.—WILLIAM H. REID, MD, MPH, Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 1/1/2010

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