Mental Health Supervision
CSOSA's Mental Health Supervision teams provide effective supervision for offenders who have been diagnosed with a mental disorder such as Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar Disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many of these offenders also have a dual diagnosis of substance abuse. Approximately 2,000 offenders with diagnosed mental health conditions are supervised by CSOSA's mental health teams each day. The average caseload for a mental health Community Supervision Officer (CSO) is approximately 51 offenders.
These CSOs provide a highly structured program that considers each offender's individual therapeutic needs and includes risk assessment, heightened monitoring, timely referral to service providers, treatment coordination and sanctions for non-compliance. Mental Health CSOs also provide case management in close collaboration with the Agency's contracted mental health professionals and the District of Columbia's public mental health providers.
Criteria for Mental Health Supervision
All cases with orders from the Court or paroling authority for any of the following special conditions are assigned to a Mental Health Supervision team:
- Seek/accept psychiatric or psychological treatment as directed by the CSO.
- Refer for a psychological evaluation
- Continue with psychiatric medication
- Continue with Mental Health Treatment
- Enrollment in Mental Health Aftercare Program
Managing the Mentally Ill Offender (Published in www.corrections.com, Sept. 2006)
We Fix the Complexities of Life: Managing Mentally Ill Offenders in Washington, D.C. (Published in www.corrections.com, Sept. 2006)