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Inmate Mental Health Services

If you have a loved one in our custody that shared that they may hurt themselves, please contact us immediately:

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm | 512-854-5356

24/7 | 512-854-9889

Our Inmate Mental Health team is comprised of a psychiatrist (medical doctor) and nurse practitioner who prescribe medications, a psychologist, and professional counselors and clinical social workers. We provide patients with treatment based on their individual needs and determine the most appropriate and safe housing while in custody.

We understand that this may be a very difficult time to those we serve and their families.

To reach someone on our team, please contact 512-854-5356.

Services

Screening & Assessment

All individuals are screened for mental health needs at Central Booking. Our staff are trained to assess and refer to treatment, and make sure individuals are housed safely. Because everyone’s needs can vary and change over time, we continue to assess and re-assess patients throughout their time in custody.

Counseling

Our behavioral health staff not only monitor symptoms and make referrals to prescribers, but also provide crisis counseling, education, and support based upon the individual’s mental health needs. Additionally, staff work with individuals on grief, anxiety and adjustment issues related to being incarcerated and make hospital and death notifications.

Medication

Medication is automatically continued if the patient has an active prescription upon entering the jail. Individuals who do not have an active prescription are assessed by behavioral health staff to determine if a referral to the psychiatric team is needed. We continually assess patients for symptoms throughout their time in custody through referrals and by request of the inmate. Inmates always have access to our staff on an emergency basis by speaking with their post officer.

Court Coordination

Our mental health coordinator collaborates with behavioral health staff, psychiatric providers, courts and community agencies on an on-going basis regarding inmates with serious mental illness or medical needs to ensure that their needs are taken into consideration in the legal process.

Family Program

Information Coming Soon!

Resources

Upon release, inmates are referred to Austin/Travis County Integral Care for continuing their treatment.

We highly encourage families to reach out to NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) for education and support.

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Travis County Reentry Success Guide

 

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