The Indiana Department of Correction is partnering with three mental healthcare organizations to establish a comprehensive staff training program designed to increase the knowledge and skills needed to work with mentally ill offenders.
Specialized units designed to meet the needs of the seriously mentally ill in the least restrictive setting have also been established in four IDOC facilities throughout the state, including the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle.
Currently more than 5,000 offenders, or about 12 percent of the state’s prison population, have been diagnosed with some degree of mental illness.
A federal judge recently ruled in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union that mentally ill prisoners within the IDOC segregation units were not receiving adequate mental health care.
The judge ordered the IDOC to devise a plan to improve services to mentally ill offenders.