BOP Mental Healthcare: Levels I-IV
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Prison Design Affect Inmates’ Mental Health
Before any initial designation decision is made, DSCC staff assess a provisional CARE LEVEL from I – IV for each inmate. BOP institutions also have a Mental Healthcare (MH) CARE LEVEL assignment which reflects the mental healthcare resources available at that facility.
The Designation and Sentencing Computation Center (DSCC) designates those inmates with Medical and Mental Healthcare CARE LEVEL I-II.
For those inmates with Mental Healthcare, CARE LEVELS III-IV, the designation decision will be made by The Office of Medical Determinations and Transportation (OMDT).
Unfortunately, the BOP is not equipped to provide any meaningful treatment for the following underlying disorders (just to mention a few) – for example:
As medical staffing differs from one facility to another, and if the care is available within the BOP; this may necessitate a transfer to a facility further away from their home.
Mental Health CARE LEVEL I
Mental Health CARE LEVEL II
Mental Health CARE LEVEL III
Mental Health CARE LEVEL IV
The First Step Act
It appears that the BOP has created an “in-between” First Step Act Mental Healthcare Model which cross-references their: [13 areas of criminogenic needs], and has these respective programs run by a collection of [Contractors, Education, Health Services, Psychology, RAC, Social Worker, SPPC, Unit Team, and Volunteers] providing mental health care…
A separate challenge that I have come across is that due to severe staffing shortages, qualified inmates that otherwise would have already been eligible for release, have not been able to take programs as, for example, at Coleman, Education has been closed.
As the FSA is still undergoing changes, and if my assumption is anywhere near accurate, it is incumbent upon the legal defense team in preparation for their PSR, to work with the court and prosecution in order to get their client designated appropriately should there be an accurately ICD 10 (or greater) MH diagnosis that would require greater care.
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