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Virginia Department of Corrections — Public Safety First

Mental Health Services

The mission of the mental health services program within the Department of Corrections is to provide assessment and treatment services to offenders, and consultation, training and educational services related to mental health issues to correctional staff. Mental health services providers follow professional and ethical standards of practice, and sound correctional principles.

Approximately fifteen percent of the offender population requires some level of mental health services. A continuum of services has been developed within the Department, both to meet the needs of offenders while incarcerated, and to assist in planning for their release from the Department.

Marion Correctional Treatment Center is the DOCís facility for acutely mentally ill male offenders. It is licensed by the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) - as are all DOC mental health units - and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations.

Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women opened in 1998 and provides the full range of mental health services to female offenders.

Less intensive Residential Treatment Mental Health Units are located at several facilities - Marion Correctional Center, Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, Greensville Correctional Center and Powhatan Correctional Center. These units provide services in a structured treatment setting to offenders who have mental disorders, but who are not acutely mentally ill. The units offer a sheltered environment, apart from the general population.

Outpatient mental health services are available to offenders in all major institutions, and crisis intervention and assessment services are provided as needed to offenders assigned to field units.

The Sex Offender Residential Treatment Program (SORT) opened in early 2001 at Brunswick Correctional Center and was moved to Greensville Correctional Center in 2009. The Unit provides assessment and treatment services to sex offenders who pose a moderate to high risk of re-offending.