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North Carolina Department of Public Safety Policy #TX-III-9, “Suicide Prevention Program”

North Carolina Department of Public Safety Policy #TX-III-9, “Suicide Prevention Program”

North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS), Health Services Policy & Procedure Manual. #TX-III-9, “Suicide Prevention Program,” effective September 1, 2016 and revised January 15, 2015.

“The Division of Adult Correction-Prisons recognizes the need to have a comprehensive suicide prevention program. All Departmental staff shares responsibility for preventing suicide by identifying those inmates who are at risk for suicide and/or in need of ongoing mental health service’s Essential components of this suicide prevention program include early detection, intervention, and treatment. Therefore, the program begins as soon as the inmate enters the prison system and is screened and assessed upon arrival. Continued vigilance on the part of staff enables them tot develop a sound working knowledge of the individuals who make up the population; this vigilance must be maintained throughout the period of incarceration for each inmate.

To ensue early detection, intervention and treatment, the program’s focus shall be on awareness through education, training referral, assessment, treatment, monitoring and evaluation. Applicable proactive treatment and/or therapy are essential components of the Department’s suicide prevention program.”

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Keywords: self-harm, mental health, program