Philosophy and Mission
The Division of Mental Health (DMH) adheres to a philosophy that supports societal, institutional, and offender needs. Consistent with the legislative mandate to assist offender reintegration into society, DMH provides empirically-based mental health services designed to provide a corrective experience. In keeping with the Department of Corrections mission to provide a safe, secure and humane correctional environment, DMH seeks to provide mental health services that are designed to support the maintenance of such an environment. The establishment and maintenance of a safe physical and emotional environment may be accomplished through providing services directly to offenders, consultation/training with institutional staff of liaison with other statewide agencies.
The Division strives to provide mental health care based on empirically sound interventions that are consistent with general community standards of care as appropriate within a correctional setting. The Division also committed to providing training for Department of Corrections staff about mental health issues, as well as providing training opportunities for graduate students who desire a career in correctional mental health.
The Division of Mental Health may be reached at (502) 222-7808
AJ Steele, Psy. D, LCADC - Program Administrator