Training Curriculum and Program Guide on Suicide Detection and Prevention in Jail and Prison Facilities

NOW AVAILABLE

March 31, 2016, Mansfield, MA: The National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) announces the availability of the Training Curriculum and Program Guide on Suicide Detection and Prevention in Jail and Prison Facilities, the most comprehensive and up-to-date instruction on suicide prevention in correctional facilities. With approximately 10 hours of instruction, the 187-page manual is contained in a three-ring binder, and accompanied by a CD containing 218 PowerPoint slides.

This Curriculum is designed to equip custody, medical, and mental health with a comprehensive understanding of suicidal behavior as it relates to the facility environment of a jail and/or prison. It includes a discussion on avoiding the obstacles to prevention, facts and fiction about inmate suicide, jail and prison suicide research, guiding principles to suicide prevention, why facility environments are conducive to suicidal behavior, potential predisposing factors to suicide, warning signs and symptoms, identification of suicide risk despite the denial of risk, high-risk periods, components of the facility’s suicide prevention policy, instruction regarding the proper role of staff in responding to a suicide attempt, morbidity and mortality reviews of inmate suicides, liability issues, and controversial issues in suicide prevention.

The manual, however, is also a Program Guide and provides facility administrators a virtual blueprint for development and/or revision of suicide prevention programs. Eight critical components to a suicide prevention program are outlined in detail — staff training, intake screening/assessment, communication, safe housing, levels of observation/management, intervention, reporting, and follow-up/morbidity-mortality review.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Introduction: Why Are We Here?
  2. Facts and Fiction About Inmate Suicide
  3. Overcoming Obstacles to Prevention
  4. Inmate Suicide Research
  5. Possible Risk Factors of Inmate Suicide
  6. Possible Protective Factors of Inmate Suicide
  7. Suicide Risk Despite Denial
  8. Guiding Principles to Suicide Prevention
  9. Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Programming
  10. Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Programming: Staff Training
  11. Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Programming: Intake Screening/Assessment
  12. Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Programming: Communication
  13. Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Programming: Safe Housing
  14. Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Programming: Levels of Observation/Management
  15. Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Programming: Intervention
  16. Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Programming: Reporting
  17. Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Programming: Follow-Up/Morbidity-Mortality Review
  18. Inmate Suicide Litigation
  19. Group Exercises: Mortality and Liability Review
  20. Controversial Issues in Suicide Prevention
    • No-Suicide Contracts
    • Stripping a Potentially Suicidal Inmate Naked/Issuance of Smock or Different Colored Uniform
    • Using Closed Circuit Television and Inmate Companions as Alternatives to Staff Observation
    • Pulse Oximetry and Other Anti-Suicide Technology
    • Policy of “Never Entering a Cell Without Backup”
    • “When No Vitals Exist, Don’t Presume that Death Has Occurred”
    • “Protecting the Scene of the Crime”
    • Rating Scales
  21. Conclusion

APPENDICES

  • References
  • Checklist for the “Suicide-Resistant” Design of Correctional Facilities
  • Suicide Watch Observation Sheet for Brandon Smith
  • Jail and Prison Suicide Litigation: Case Law Review
  • Mortality Review: The Suicide of Patrick Harrison
  • Mortality/Morbidity Review of Inmate Suicides/Serious Suicide Attempts Checklist
  • Liability Review: The Case of Sandra White
  • Post Test
  • Resources

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The Training Curriculum and Program Guide on Suicide Detection and Prevention in Jail and Prison Facilities was developed by Lindsay M. Hayes, an NCIA project director, and a nationally recognized expert in the field of suicide prevention within jails, prisons and juvenile facilities. Mr. Hayes conducted the only national studies of inmate suicide for the U.S. Justice Department, has been appointed as a federal court expert and/or monitor in several correctional systems under court jurisdiction, serves as an expert witness/consultant in inmate suicide litigation cases, and conducts training seminars and assesses suicide prevention practices in various state and local jurisdictions throughout the country.

COST

The cost for the Training Curriculum and Program Guide on Suicide Detection and Prevention in Jail and Prison Facilities is $225, including shipping and handling. With approximately 10 hours of instruction, the 187-page manual is contained in a three-ring binder and accompanied by a CD containing 218 PowerPoint slides.


HOW TO PURCHASE

  • Send a check for $225 made payable to the “National Center on Institutions & Alternatives” (NCIA) to: NCIA, 40 Lantern Lane, Mansfield, MA 02048

or

  • Purchase it via PayPal



 

FURTHER INQUIRIES

Please send all inquiries to:

Lindsay M. Hayes, Project Director
NCIA
40 Lantern Lane
Mansfield, MA 02048
(508) 337-8806
Lhayesta@msn.com