Tue., Aug. 26, 2014, Noon to 1 p.m.
The Offender with Mental Disabilities: Critical Issues in Correctional Mental Health and Planning for Successful Re-Entry
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Henry A. Dlugacz, M.S.W., J.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
New York Medical College
Partner, Beldock, Levine and Hoffman LLP
This talk will explore critical issues in correctional mental health and re-entry planning. It will begin by outlining the scope of incarceration and rates of serious mental illness in the population and provide an overview of how this situation came to be. It will then explore in depth five major areas of concern regarding people with serious mental disorders and incarceration: (1) public health implications and opportunities; (2) public safety implications; (3) legal (constitutional and statutory) obligations; (4) fiscal implications; (5) and issues of professional ethics and standards.
Strategies for successful re-entry planning will be explored, including evidence-based practices that promote recovery as well as the knowledge base concerning reductions in recidivism for this population.
Audience participation will be encouraged.
About the Speaker:
Henry Dlugacz is an attorney and social worker who has devoted most of his career of over 30 years to improving correctional mental health and re-entry services in the United States. He is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at New York Medical College, a partner in the New York law firm Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP, and an adjunct professor of law at New York Law School. Co-founder and former co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Health Law Section’s Committee on Mental Health Issues, he is the former director of mental health and acting assistant program director for the St. Vincent’s Hospital Prison Health Services. Prior to these experiences, Mr. Dlugacz provided direct clinical treatment and assessment services on an inpatient and ambulatory care basis to people with mental disabilities confined in the New York City correctional system.
Mr. Dlugacz teaches, writes and lectures on related topics nationally and internationally. He is active as a court-appointed monitor and mediator of class action lawsuits involving correctional mental health care, forensic hospital care, and re-entry planning for inmates with mental disorders.