The Psychologist ensures that appropriate services are provided to mentally and physically disabled clients. Mental health evaluations and referrals are made to local providers in the community. The Psychologist serves as a liaison between mental health, substance abuse treatment providers, and Department staff to help improve client services. The Psychologist also provides training to department staff to improve their ability to assess mental health issues and prepare effective case plan strategies. Given the recent fiscal concerns of all state and human service providers, the psychologist has also been providing counseling services to clients who may be on lengthy waiting lists to other service providers. In January 2002, the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI), a new mental health screening tool was also implemented to better identify mental health issues at the beginning of probation to help ensure appropriate case planning.
The Psychologist is also an active member of the Sex Offender Treatment Unit and conducts Phallometric Testing (PPG) and Psychosexual Evaluations. The Psychologist has also been involved in the facilitation of Sex Offender Treatment groups, including the use of a specialized curriculum for lower functioning offenders.
In addition, the Psychologist has been a statewide trainer on the Levels of Services Inventory – Revised (LSI-R) which is used throughout the Judicial Districts and has been involved with the development and implementation of the Matrix which is used to synthesize information gained from various assessments and help to ensure appropriate case planning and responses. He is involved in the Quality Assurance Committee and provides ongoing audits to help ensure accurate assessment and case planning.