Upon the initial intake of each new resident, psychologists complete a comprehensive assessment to include the intellectual level, attention and memory span, verbal and perceptual skills, and personality assessment, which includes how the resident gets along with others and deals with stressors. Psychologists work with contracted medical services provided by Correctional Medical Services, their psychiatrist, and other treatment staff to develop and individualize programs to overcome problem areas. Individual and group counseling are provided, as are consultations with family, staff, educators and other professionals to restore the optimum psychological and social functioning of the resident.
Additional mental health services are provided by contracted agencies. Acadia Hospital provides psychiatric services, including psychiatric evaluations and medications when appropriate. The Charlotte White Center provides individual and family therapy, and Day One provides substance abuse evaluations and treatment for residents. The Charlotte White Center and Day One jointly offer support groups for family members. All of the mental health staff work closely with community agencies to ensure integrated case management.