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Behavioral Health Services
Mental Health Programs

Case Management and Treatment 

Mental Health Case Management

All adults in custody are screened at intake for mental illness, and all adults in custody are evaluated later in their incarceration if severe mental health problems arise. Those adults in custody with particularly severe diagnoses are monitored and routinely re-evaluated throughout their incarceration by qualified mental health providers. Those with serious mental health issues may be assigned to the programs listed below by a qualified mental health provider. They also provide mental health crisis services as well as work with release counselors to provide continuum of care when adults in custody are released back into the community. The qualified mental health providers routinely provide consultation and training to institution correctional officers and to other institution staff.

Qualified mental health providers evaluate adults in custody in accordance with National PREA standards. For more information on PREA go to the following site: http://www.prearesourcecenter.org/

Medication Management

The Department employs and contracts with psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners to prescribe psychiatric medications as appropriate. These prescribers work closely with the qualified mental health providers to ensure treatment continuity. Adults in custody who do not need other critical services may receive medication only. 

Individual and Group Treatment

The Department contracts with licensed mental health providers for individual and group treatment of severe and persistent mental illness. Individual sessions are short-term, and restricted to crisis situations. Group treatment focuses on learning the skills to manage mental illness within the institutions, and in the community after prison discharge.

 For additional information contact:

Claudia Fischer-Rodriguez
Telephone: 503-378-6376

Continuum of Care 

The Mental Health Infirmaries are located at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, Snake River Correctional Institutions in Ontario and Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. Mental Health Infirmaries provide both short-term psychiatric crisis services (typically two weeks) for stabilization, diagnosis, or medication adjustment; and a longer term psychosocial rehabilitation program for severely mentally ill adults in custody. In extreme cases, adults in custody may be started on involuntary medications while housed within the Mental Health Infirmary, under conditions approved by the courts.

For additional information contact:
Claudia Fischer-Rodriguez
Telephone: 503-378-6376


Developmental Disability Training and Treatment 

The Oregon Department of Corrections provides intake screening, individualized case management and day treatment for adults in custody with developmental disabilities.

For additional information contact:
Claudia Fischer-Rodriguez
Telephone: 503-378-6376


Case Management

All adults in custody are screened at intake for low intellectual functioning. All qualifying adults in custody are followed by a Mental Health Specialist at either OSCI or SRCI for males. Case management consists of monitoring, regular contacts to assess inmate status, program referral, and a limited amount of group counseling.
For additional information contact:
Gabe Gitness (OSCI)
Telephone # (503) 378-6499


The Connections program at Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem provides day treatment services for up to 50 adults in custody who need more than case management alone. The Shangri-La Corporation provides the program, which focuses on work skill development, life skill training, and integration into mainstream prison services. Connections also provides a transition program for adults in custody just prior to prison release.

For additional information contact:
Genelle Mackey  (SRCI)
Telephone #  (541) 881-5080
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