Understanding Mental Illness and Treatment
Understanding Mental Illness and Treatment


Understanding Mental Illness and Treatment in the Correctional Setting

While mental illness exists in every segment of our society, its prevalence is higher in jails and prisons. A survey of the states revealed there now are over three times more people with serious mental illness in jails and prisons than in hospitals. Dealing with inmates who have a mental disorder is challenging for all correctional staff, especially for officers, who provide direct supervision. Inmates with mental illness are at higher risk of victimization, misbehavior, and suicide.

In this course, you will learn about mental illness and its definition, causes, and myths. You also will examine the common mental disorders that inmates may have and the treatment that is provided for inmates to help them deal with their mental illness.
ACA Hours: 11