Internship w/ Correctional Mental Health team at Southern California's Dept of Corrections & Rehab Conortium

Dec 05, 2019

Southern California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Consortium

Health Service Psychology Internship Program 

The Southern California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Consortium (SCDCRC) is seeking a diverse group of interns to join our Correctional Mental Health team.  The SCDCR is comprised of the California Institution for Men and California Institution for Women that are located in the culturally diverse greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. Both institutions provide experiences for working with a culturally rich and diverse population of staff and inmates. Both institutions have programs that support the unique needs of the LGBTQI population and both are hubs for Transgendered Inmates.

CIM opened in San Bernardino County in 1941 on 2,500 acres of land. The California Institution for Men (CIM) is a large complex consisting of four separate facilities under the administration of one warden.

Dedicated on June 21, 1941, the California Institution for Men was the first major minimum security institution built and operated in the United States. CIM was unique in the field of penology because it was known as the "prison without walls." The only "security" fence around the facility units was a five-strand barbwire livestock fence, intended mainly to keep the dairy cows from wandering through the living areas.

CIM has since increased security to meet the challenges a vastly different inmate population requires. While no longer known as "the prison without walls" CIM's Secure Level I Facility A houses the largest Level I inmate population within the California prison system. The CIM I Facility can house approximately 2,000 minimum custody level inmates at the facility. In additional to the CIM I Facility, CIM’s operation includes one reception center, Facility B Reception Center and two mainline facilities known as Facility A and Facility C, which house a custody level II inmate population.

The primary mission of the California Institution for Women is to provide a safe and secure environment for primarily Level I-IV female offenders. This mission is further defined by our responsibility to provide quality health care and institution programs specifically geared to meet the special needs of female offenders. Specialized programs include academic and vocational programs, pre-release and substance abuse programming, pre-forestry and camp training, an arts in corrections program and a wide variety of inmate self-help groups and community betterment projects.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) provides inmates access to mental health services through the Mental Health Services Delivery System (MHSDS). The MHSDS was designed to provide an appropriate level of treatment and to promote individual functioning within the clinically least restrictive environment consistent with the safety and security needs of both the patient and the institution.

The intent of the MHSDS is to advance the CDCR’s mission to protect the public by providing timely, cost-effective mental health services that optimize the level of individual functioning of seriously mentally disordered inmates and parolees in the least restrictive environment. The MHSDS has been functioning in CDCR since 1994. The MHSDS utilizes a variety of professional clinical, custody, and support staff to provide the best available quality of care to seriously mentally disordered inmates. 

MHSDS Mission Statement

To provide ethical, professional, and effective mental health care services for individuals remanded to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

MHSDS Goals

  • The goal of MHSDS is to provide constitutionally appropriate levels of mental health treatment to the incarcerated serious mentally ill inmate in the least restrictive environment.
  • The goals of treatment in MHSDS are to help inmates adjust to the prison environment, to optimize appropriate personal functioning, and to help inmates accept responsibility for their behavior.

MHSDS Vision 2020

  • Our services meet or exceed national mental health care standards. We ensure optimal functioning of individuals in our care and promote their successful reintegration in society by using research, evaluation, and assessment to develop and enhance evidence-based treatment strategies. We foster safe and secure environments within the institution and are committed to public safety.
  • We are a competent, well-trained staff, who uphold and live our organizational values to promote interdisciplinary cooperation, employee wellness, effective leadership, humane treatment, and a highly productive workforce.
  • Self-governance, program and service evaluation, assessments, and continuous self-monitoring are used to ensure quality improvement and system-wide, multi-level information sharing and decision making. Our information technology system is state of the art and staffing and space meet evolving operational requirements.

Mental Health Programs

Correctional Clinical Case Management System (CCCMS) – The goal of the CCCMS is to maintain and/or improve adequate functioning of mentally disordered inmate-patients in the least restrictive treatment setting possible within each correctional setting. CCCMS Inmates are higher functioning than EOP inmates thus are able to participate in general population (GP) programming. Clinical contact is less intense and frequent compared to the EOP level care. Psychology Interns will obtain experience in facilitating psycho-educational and process group therapy, conducting clinical assessments, and providing individual therapy (long-term, brief therapeutic, and crisis management).

Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP) - The Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP) provides the most intensive level of outpatient mental health care within the Mental Health Services Delivery System (MHSDS). The program is characterized by a separate housing unit and structured activities for mentally ill inmate-patients who, because of their illness, experience adjustment difficulties in a General Population (GP) setting, yet are not so impaired as to require 24-hour inpatient care.  Services include management of activities of daily living, group and individual psychotherapy, medication management, recreational therapy, and clinical pre-release planning. Each inmate-patient shall be offered at least ten hours per week of scheduled structured therapeutic activities as approved by the Interdisciplinary Treatment Team (IDTT).

Mental Health Crisis Bed (MHCB) – Patients in MHCB receive short-term crisis interventions up to 10 day in a licensed Correctional Treatment Center (CTC). Patients in MHCB present with acute symptoms of a serious mental health disorder, such as suicidal or self-harming behavior, or suffering from a significant or life-threatening disability. Services include observation, monitoring, continuous nursing assistance, symptom assessment, diagnosis, development of an initial treatment plan, therapy to alleviate psychiatric distress, and referral to appropriate level of care.

Psychiatric Inpatient Program (PIP) – The PIP is a 45-bed inpatient mental health treatment facility that is licensed by the California Department of Public Health as a Correctional Treatment Center and accredited under the Behavioral Health Care standards of the Joint Commission. The PIP provides services for patients with serious mental disorders requiring more intensive inpatient treatment and for those that cannot function adequately at a lower level of care. Services include a structured and comprehensive therapeutic treatment environment with appropriate clinical and nursing staffing levels, comprehensive clinical assessment, medication management, health management, interdisciplinary treatment team planning, psychoeducational groups and individual therapy, ancillary and supportive therapies, enrichment activities, and discharge planning for a lower level of care or for discharge into the community.

Clinical Rotations Offered:

  • Administrative Segregation
  • Psychiatric Inpatient Program
  • Reception Center
  • Enhanced Outpatient Program

Clinical Supervision: Psychology Interns will receive two hours of individual supervision and two hours of group supervision by one or more doctoral level licensed psychologists.  THE SCDCRC employs a diverse population of approximately 90 psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, as well as a student and intern program, allowing for multiple opportunities for consultation, collaboration, interdisciplinary work, and training in supervision. 

Important: Please note, the Southern California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Consortium is not currently an APA accredited internship. The SCDCRC is applying for APA accreditation and while the psychology internship may become APA accredited during the 2019-2020 psychology internship year, there is no guarantee the SCDCRC will ultimately be successful in obtaining APA accreditation. The SCDCRC is currently an APPIC member and is participating in the National Matching Services program.  Any candidates and psychology interns who apply and accept an SCDCRC psychology internship do so with the full knowledge of our current non-APA status. In addition, participation in the psychology internship is contingent on passing a background check and drug screen.

https://cchcs.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/Careers/SCDCRCPsychologyInternshipHandbook.pdf

For more information contact:  Mark Wrathall, Psy.D., SCDCRC Director, office: 909-217-5989 or via email: mark.wrathall@cdcr.ca.gov.



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