It’s grim, but true: county jails are the largest mental health provider in the United States. Practitioners in these facilities are on the front lines of the mental health crisis, working in facilities that may not be equipped to support ever-evolving demands for health care services. In this episode we discuss the breadth and depth of mental health issues – diagnosed and undiagnosed – experienced by those within correctional and detention facilities; the unique and ubiquitous problem of trauma; what it’s like to provide correctional mental health services; and what’s being done now in the design of carceral institutions that is contributing to positive outcomes for those receiving treatment.
Robin Belcher-Timme, Psy.D., ABPP, CCHP-MH is Vice President and Senior Expert for Falcon, Inc. Dr. Timme is a leader in correctional behavioral health across the United States, speaking and teaching at conferences, and supporting innovative programming. Dr. Timme has practiced in correctional and forensic psychology throughout his career, shaping policy, supervising clinicians, and evaluating justice involved individuals. Dr. Timme’s research focuses on toxic stress and psychological trauma on the health of inmates and staff inside correctional facilities. Dr. Timme trains staff to be trauma-informed, developing policies and procedures, and encouraging wellness for those who work and live in these facilities.
In addition to a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, Dr. Timme is board-certified in forensic psychology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP), and a Certified Correctional Health Professional with a Mental Health specialty (CCPH-MH). He holds masters degrees in criminal justice, clinical psychology, and education. Dr. Timme is the chair of the Ethics Committee of the Delaware Psychological Association, and a member of several professional organizations representing the intersections of psychology and law.