Telepsychiatry Services for Correctional Facilities

Over the past few decades, numerous studies and surveys have documented this rise in the incarceration of the mentally ill. The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that there are three times as many mentally ill people in prisons than in mental health hospitals, and the rate of mental illness in prisons is two to four times greater than in the general public.

Recent studies estimate that approximately 20% of state prisoners and 21% of local jail prisoners have "a recent history" of a serious mental health condition. The statistics are worse for juvenile offenders as estimates show that up to 70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness.

Correctional Health Systems In Need

Correctional health systems continue to face the challenge of trying to improve psychiatric treatment to inmates with mental illness while in the midst of a nationwide shortage of mental health professionals. Moreover, while it is difficult to recruit prescribing clinicians such as psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners to work in correctional facilities, it is perhaps even more difficult to provide psychiatric services to inmates outside of the confines of a correctional institution due to increased security risks.

Inmates in need of psychiatric care pose additional risk to correctional health systems because they are more likely to attempt self-harm and have incidents or altercations with detention officers or other inmates. It is critical for staff to be able to access psychiatric services immediately when an inmate is in need of care to reduce the risk of harm to themselves, the inmate, and others.

How Can Telepsychiatry Help?

FasPsych is company that specializes in supplying expedient access to psychiatrists and psychiatric advance practice registered nurses (APRNs), via interactive televideo communication, to facilities in need of psychiatric evaluation and medication management services. Professionals with forensic experience and licensed in multiple states are available to deliver reliable, quality care to inmate populations.

By expanding access to psychiatric care, correctional facilities are more able to attend to inmates who pose an increased risk to self or others due to a mental illness. Better access to psychiatric services frees up the detention officers and allows them more time to attend to managing the general safety and security needs of the facility.

Choose FasPsych for Your Telepsychiatry Needs

FasPsych telepsychiatry offers the opportunity for facilities to:
  • rapidly access psychiatric services for inmates,
  • reduce costs associated with correctional staff needed to transport inmates who are disruptive due to psychiatric symptoms off facility grounds for treatment,
  • reduce risk management issues and costs associated with undertrained medical staff monitoring inmates with psychiatric service needs,
  • improve the facility environment by more expediently managing inmates who may be disruptive due to mental illness.
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