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As jurisdictions across the nation attempt to do more with less, the effects of pharmacy management today will have long lasting and costly effects on the broader health care outcomes of tomorrow, in particular, the effectiveness of treatments for inmates with chronic illnesses, infectious diseases and comorbidities. This program will provide clarity around pharmacy management, why it is important to all jurisdictions, and methods for improving existing operations. This 3-hour program broadcast on April 6, 2011 addresses the costs and issues surrounding correctional pharmacy management. After watching this program, participants will: develop new insights regarding current practices for prescribing medications in correctional facilities and the need to manage that process; gain a deeper understanding of the principles, practices, and guidelines of a well-designed formulary management system; acquire a new appreciation for the current evidence and data used to guide formulary decisions; understand best practices related to the delivery of pharmaceuticals and biological medicines; have the skills to improve the coordination of care for offenders between correctional and non-correctional systems; and be able to explore the trends and foreseeable challenges to correctional pharmaceutical management in the future. The broadcast will also help viewers find answers to the following questions: What is a formulary and why is this concept important to my agency? What are the benefits of an effective correctional pharmacy management system? How does a pharmacy management system reduce costs and liability while enhancing healthcare services? What does the evidence tell us? Is there value in collaborating for the purchase of pharmaceuticals and biologicals? How does pharmacy management affect offender reentry?

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Across the United States, chaplains and religious directors are overwhelmed with ensuring equitable consideration for all religious requests. They face the conflict of "myth versus reality" regarding the role of the chaplain/religious director in corrections, the priority of religious practice balanced with security concerns, inconsistencies in accommodation, bias in space considerations, increased need for special diets, and the effects of agency and facility budgets.

This two-day live broadcast May. 28, 2014 - May. 29, 2014 (3-hours each day) addresses the conflict of “myth versus reality” regarding the role of the chaplain/religious director in corrections, the priority of religious practice balanced with security concerns, inconsistencies in accommodation, bias in space considerations, increased need for special diets, and the effects of agency and facility budgets.

Using a variety of methods, including on-air discussions and individual and group activities, the interactive broadcast will help participants: review the historical, Constitutional and legal foundations of offenders’ religious rights; determine strategies for responding to requests for religious accommodations, balanced with safety and security considerations; examine practical approaches for applying RLUIPA to satisfying offenders' religious requests; and explore the changing role and responsibilities of religious staff, volunteers, and other facility staff in a post-RLUIPA (Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act) world.

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The Responding to Sexual Abuse of Inmates in Custody: Addressing the Needs of Men, Women, and Gender Nonconforming Populations curriculum covers the national Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards and implications for preventing and addressing sexual abuse of of men, women, and gender nonconforming inmates.

Following are the goals of the training:

  • Review the applicable PREA standards for responding to sexual abuse in custody and their gender impact.
  • Review the dynamics of custodial sexual abuse for men, women, and gender nonconforming populations. Identify the components of human sexuality and institutional culture and their impact on sexual abuse of inmates.
  • Discuss immediate and long-term medical and mental health care needs of inmate victims of sexual abuse.
  • Identify legal, investigative, and other implications of responding to custodial sexual abuse.
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An introduction to restorative justice concepts, principles, and values is provided during this 32-hour distance learning program. Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the traumatic impact of crime on victims, communities, and offenders and ways to be responsive to crime victims' needs and interests
  • Explain and evaluate the configuration, methods, and potential uses of various restorative practices
  • Identify several practical strategies for developing active partnerships within the community
  • Manage personal, interpersonal, and organizational change, and prepare strategies to address responses to change efforts
  • Develop the first stages of an action plan

Order this 2 DVD set of videos and download the Curriculum Guide using the links on the right.

 

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The use of Restrictive Housing poses some of the most challenging questions facing corrections professionals: How should correctional agencies manage their most violent and disruptive inmates? How can they best protect their most vulnerable and victimized ones? And what is the safest and most humane way to do so?

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) define “restrictive housing” as a form of housing that involves three basic elements: removal from the general inmate population, whether voluntary or involuntary; placement in a locked room or cell, whether alone or with another inmate; and inability to leave the room or cell for the vast majority of the day, typically 22 hours or more. Restrictive housing takes many forms, and an inmate’s experience can vary considerably depending on certain external factors, such as length of stay, conditions of confinement, and degree of social isolation, as well as factors specific to each inmate, such as age and psychological resiliency.

This training broadcast will: examine restrictive housing practices in your agency and compare and contrast those with the DOJ Guiding Principles; explore the Guiding Principles and implications for restrictive housing practice and conditions of confinement; use interactive activities and action planning to determine strategies for your agency to safely reduce the use of restrictive housing in your agency; and share promising practices and recommendations for the implementation of the Guiding Principles. This broadcast will answer the following questions: How should prisons and other correctional facilities manage their most violent and dangerous inmates? How can they best protect their most vulnerable and victimized inmates? What is the safest and most humane way to do so? Why did the Department of Justice create a set of Guiding Principles on the effective use of Restrictive Housing? How can we use the DOJ Guiding Principles to self-evaluate our current agency practice?

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Results from a "post-training survey to assess the usability of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the course [Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS)] content by the participant once they return to the job" are presented (p. 1). An executive summary is divided into four parts -- background, methods, summary of results, and next steps. Twenty-six survey questions and results are organized by the following sections: team collaboration and internal effects; building external support and relationships; and additional information. Participants "make significant changes in their organization and themselves . . . [while] OWDS training is assisting in professionalizing the field of offender workforce development" (p. 2).

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Gangs are a growing national problem that all elements of the public safety community must effectively manage. Collaboration and information sharing are key to managing gangs effectively and safeguarding public and institutional safety. A diverse panel of experts addresses various processes, methods, technologies, partnerships, and information sharing programs related to gangs and their potential networks of intelligence. This broadcast will be of interest to police, corrections, military, and criminal justice educational agencies. Discussion topics include the following:

  • Value of correctional intelligence
  • Available technologies and good intelligence sharing programs
  • How gang intelligence is gathered in prison and jail and the correctional intelligence cycle
  • Recruitment of terrorists in prison or jail
  • And police/corrections partnerships.
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Sharing Gang Intelligence Bridging the Gap: Corrections - Police - Educators - Part One

Gangs are a growing national problem that all elements of the public safety community must effectively manage. Collaboration and information sharing are key to managing gangs effectively and safeguarding public and institutional safety. A diverse panel of experts addresses various processes, methods, technologies, partnerships, and information sharing programs related to gangs and their potential networks of intelligence. This broadcast will be of interest to police, corrections, military, and criminal justice educational agencies. Discussion topics include the following:

  • Value of correctional intelligence
  • Available technologies and good intelligence sharing programs
  • How gang intelligence is gathered in prison and jail and the correctional intelligence cycle
  • Recruitment of terrorists in prison or jail
  • And police/corrections partnerships.
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Sharing Gang Intelligence Bridging the Gap: Corrections - Police - Educators - Part Two

Gangs are a growing national problem that all elements of the public safety community must effectively manage. Collaboration and information sharing are key to managing gangs effectively and safeguarding public and institutional safety. A diverse panel of experts addresses various processes, methods, technologies, partnerships, and information sharing programs related to gangs and their potential networks of intelligence. This broadcast will be of interest to police, corrections, military, and criminal justice educational agencies. Discussion topics include the following:

  • Value of correctional intelligence
  • Available technologies and good intelligence sharing programs
  • How gang intelligence is gathered in prison and jail and the correctional intelligence cycle
  • Recruitment of terrorists in prison or jail
  • And police/corrections partnerships.
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This training program “is designed to address the requirements outlined in the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standard 115.34/.134/.234/.334 requiring specialized training for individuals tasked with investigating alleged incidents of sexual abuse in confinement settings. Additionally, this curriculum contains the information fundamental to understanding the concepts required by PREA standard 115.34/.134/.234/.334 and best practice in investigating incidents of sexual abuse. Agencies with investigators who have extensive experience in investigating these and other types of allegations—such as law enforcement agencies—may want to review the curriculum for redundancy with other trainings.

“The curriculum is designed specifically for an audience of correctional investigators, although there is content within the curriculum that also would be beneficial to those who oversee investigations and those who act as first responders.

“The curriculum contains nine modules and includes content on PREA standards relating to investigations; case law demonstrating legal liability issues for agencies, facilities, and investigators to consider when working to eliminate sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement settings; proper use of Miranda and Garrity warnings; trauma and victim response; processes of a forensic medical exam; first-response best practices; evidence-collection best practices in a confinement setting; techniques for interviewing male, female, and juvenile alleged victims of sexual abuse and sexual harassment; report writing techniques; and information on what prosecutors consider when determining whether to prosecute sexual abuse cases.

“The nine modules and suggested training lengths are as follows: Introduction; Module 1: PREA Update and Standards Overview (1 hour 15 minutes); Module 2: Legal Issues and Liability (1 hour 15 minutes) and presentation slides; Module 3: Culture (1 hour, optional) and presentation slides; Module 4: Trauma and Victim Response (1 hour) and presentation slides; Module 5: Medical and Mental Health Care (1 hour 30 minutes, optional) and presentation slides; Module 6: First Response and Evidence Collection (2 hours) and presentation slides; Module 7: Adult Interviewing Techniques (2 hours 15 minutes) and presentation slides; Module 7: Juvenile Interviewing Techniques (2 hours 15 minutes) and presentation slides; Module 8: Report Writing (30 minutes) and presentation slides; Module 9: Prosecutorial Collaboration (1 hour, optional) and presentation slides.

“In total, the provided training is two days in length, although three of the modules, as noted above, are “optional” in that they do not contain content required by the PREA standards. All of the modules are designed to be modified by each facility and agency to include agency-specific policy and practice guidance in addition to best practice.”

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