Weekly telepsychiatry occurs at WCC, via Anchorage providers, to ensure that mentally ill patients receive evaluations and medication prescriptions.
A Mental Health Clinician III is responsible for daily provision of services. This includes management of the psychiatric component above by providing initial and follow-up evaluations. In addition, one-on-one counseling is available upon the request of either inmates or referring staff members. Common subjects of counseling include grief issues, family problems, and behavioral issues while in custody.
Suicidality is a significant concern in any institution. A standardized protocol is initiated whenever a prisoner is at risk of self-harm. Annual training is provided to all staff members to help recognize and act during mental health emergencies.
After release from WCC chronically mentally ill inmates are provided with services in their home area. Release planning begins for these individuals while they are still incarcerated.
Several group programs are offered at WCC. Anger Management is offered continuously. A rotation of three additional courses (Criminal Thinking Errors, Moral Reasoning, and Criminal Relapse Prevention Planning) completes the 48-Week Offender Treatment Program. Rehabilitation opportunities for short-term prisoners are available through weekly Healthy Living classes on various topics. The Criminal and Addictive Thinking Program addresses both criminal and addictive thinking to help inmates break the cycle of crime and drug use, address thought processes that keep inmates stuck in destructive patterns, helps them recognize the connection between addiction and criminal behaviors and develop healthier ways to relate to others. Finally, three one-day seminars are provided on a regular basis: Understanding Loss, Thriving After a Head Injury, and The Challenge and Opportunity of ADHD.