Manual of Forms and Guidelines for Correctional Mental Health [With CDROM]

Manual of Forms and Guidelines for Correctional Mental Health [With CDROM]

by Amanda Ruiz
     
 

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. Manual of Forms and Guidelines for Correctional Mental Health represents the first attempt to collate such

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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. Manual of Forms and Guidelines for Correctional Mental Health 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.

This multifaceted handbook provides an abundance of tips and refinements that can improve the provision of correctional health care. 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 includes the most common forms utilized by psychotherapists within the correctional setting—for intake screening, mental health evaluation, and treatment planning—and offers insights into cutting-edge topics such as touch-screen computing and quality improvement programs. Accompanying the handbook is a CD-ROM that includes interactive versions of the book’s forms.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody Reviews
Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: This manual provides various types of forms, guidelines, and algorithms which may be used in the assessment and treatment of individuals with psychiatric illness who are incarcerated in correctional facilities.
Purpose: The authors identify their "hope that this book assists the reader in providing adequate health care in a manner that his rational and efficient," while noting it "is not meant to be the definitive work on the subject.
Audience: It is directed at mental healthcare professionals working in correctional environments and detention settings as they evaluate, assess, or treat individuals incarcerated for virtually any offense.
Features: The work is brief (only 200 pages) and consists of 10 chapters, each illustrating a different aspect of the documentation of healthcare of incarcerated individuals. Chapters contain case examples, tables and charts, and sample forms. Some forms have been completed, both correctly and incorrectly, with example information highlighting their use. Each chapter ends with a summary and key points, as well as current references. The forms also are included on a CD-ROM that comes with the book and can be downloaded and modified to accommodate specific facility or personal requirements.
Assessment: It is difficult to compare this work with any others as it is relatively unique for this specific patient population. Undoubtedly working in these clinical environments creates new and difficult challenges, not the least of which is documenting accurately and appropriately, and this manual provides templates and other useful tools for this purpose. Of particular value is the CD-ROM, which allows users to customize their own documents using the basic framework provided by the authors. Chapters are succinct, but dense, and give ample suggestions about some of the best ways to record data which will be useful to others for treatment. This is a very worthy effort and correctional facilities of all kinds would benefit from having this manual as a reference for their mental healthcare providers.
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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: This manual provides various types of forms, guidelines, and algorithms which may be used in the assessment and treatment of individuals with psychiatric illness who are incarcerated in correctional facilities.
Purpose: The authors identify their "hope that this book assists the reader in providing adequate health care in a manner that his rational and efficient," while noting it "is not meant to be the definitive work on the subject."
Audience: It is directed at mental healthcare professionals working in correctional environments and detention settings as they evaluate, assess, or treat individuals incarcerated for virtually any offense.
Features: The work is brief (only 200 pages) and consists of 10 chapters, each illustrating a different aspect of the documentation of healthcare of incarcerated individuals. Chapters contain case examples, tables and charts, and sample forms. Some forms have been completed, both correctly and incorrectly, with example information highlighting their use. Each chapter ends with a summary and key points, as well as current references. The forms also are included on a CD-ROM that comes with the book and can be downloaded and modified to accommodate specific facility or personal requirements.
Assessment: It is difficult to compare this work with any others as it is relatively unique for this specific patient population. Undoubtedly working in these clinical environments creates new and difficult challenges, not the least of which is documenting accurately and appropriately, and this manual provides templates and other useful tools for this purpose. Of particular value is the CD-ROM, which allows users to customize their own documents using the basic framework provided by the authors. Chapters are succinct, but dense, and give ample suggestions about some of the best ways to record data which will be useful to others for treatment. This is a very worthy effort and correctional facilities of all kinds would benefit from having this manual as a reference for their mental healthcare providers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585623617
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/22/2010
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Ruiz, M.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.

Joel A. Dvoskin, Ph.D.,
is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona.

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

Jeffrey L. Metzner, M.D.,
is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado.

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