Wellness center at NH women’s prison rehabilitates inmates with mental health issues


WHAT IS BEING DONE THERE TO
OVERCOME THAT OBSTACLE.>>AT THE WOMEN’S PRISON IN
CONCORD, TREATING SUBSTANCE
ABUSE DISORDERS AND MENTAL
HEALTH ISSUES GO HAND-IN-HAND. THE STATE-OF-THE-ART BUILDING
PLACED A RUNDOWN FACILITY IN
GOFFSTOWN IN 2018, AND IN ITS
WELLNESS CENTER, PSYCHIATRIC AND
SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELORS OFFER
A WIDE ARRAY OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES.>>OUR GOAL IS TO SEND PEOPLE
OUT HEALTHIER SO THEY CAN
REENTER INTO SOCIETY AND NOT
COME BACK.>>FOR A PRISON HOLDING ABOUT
180 WOMEN, IT I NO SMALL TASK.>>APPROXIMATELY 90% OF OUR
WOME RECEIVE MENTAL HEALTH
SERVICES.>>INCLUDING NICOLE, WHO HAS
SPENT MORE THAN A DECADE BEHIND
BARS AND SAYS HER ANXIETY
REQUIRED HEAVY MEDICATION FOR
NEARLY TWO YEARS.>>I DON’T NEED MEDICATION
ANYMOR
>>HOURS OF INDIVIDUAL THERAPY
HAS GIVEN HER TOOLS TO HELP HER
SELF IN MOMENTS OF CRISIS.>>DIFFERENT WAYS TO GET OUT OF
MY HEAD, DIFFERENT WAYS TO DEAL
WITH IF I AM HAVING A ROUGH DAY
TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN
THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS PICKED —
BETWEEN FACTS AND FEELINGS BECAUSE YOUR FEELINGS ARE NOT
FACTS.>>SCREEN, BRAILLE, IT HELPS
INMATES BUILD CONFIDENCE AND
SKILLS THAT CAN TRANSLATE BACK
INTO SOCIETY. SHE SAYS SHE NOW KNOWS WHEN TO
ASK FOR HELP AND HAS BUILT A
SUPPORT SYSTEM AT HOME, EVEN
REPAIRING A RELATIONSHIP WITH
HER DAD BEFORE HE DIED IN 2013.>>WE TALKED ABOUT A LOT OF
THINGS AND WORKED THROUGH A LOT
OF THINGS. WHEN I LOST HIM, I WAS IN A MUCH
DIFFERENT PLACE WITH HIM. AND I THINK THAT BEING IN A GOOD
PLACE WITH MY DAD HELPED ME WANT
TO WORK ON BEING IN A GOOD PLACE
WITH OTHER PEOPLE IN MY LIFE.>>TODAY SHE IS CONSIDERED A
MODEL INMATE, SERVING AS A
MENTOR AND PASSING ALONG METHODS
SHE HAS LEARNED TO HER PEERS. BUT OFFICIALS CAUTIONED THAT
REHABILITATION DOES NOT
GUARANTEE AN INDIVIDUAL WILL NOT
RETURN TO INCARCERATION.>>THAT PEOPLE, TYPE TWO
DIABETICS DO NOT TAKE THEIR MEDS
OR EAT THE WRONG THING, WE
SHOULD NOT EXPECT DIFFERENT FROM
OTHER PEOPLE WHO — BUT WE
SH

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