LEADING THE WAY FOR MENTAL HEALTH REFORM FOR INMATES
For Immediate Release
September 29, 2017
DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Mental health is now being addressed head-on at the Walton County Jail.
Walton County Sheriff’s Office has hired a Mental Health Treatment Manager who is assisting in developing a substance abuse and mental health treatment program for inmates.
“It’s a population that has a really strong need,” said Tamara Bogle, who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida.
Originally from Panama City, Florida Bogle is a Mosley High School graduate. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Florida State University and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice.
“The majority of jails just assess and stabilize,” said Bogle. “It turns into a catch and release program. What we’re trying to do is assess, stabilize and treat.”
Bogle’s goal is to head off the problem by providing services within the walls of the jail that will help reduce recidivism before inmates return to their communities.
“We want to make sure we are helping people while they are here so they don’t find themselves coming back to us,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “This is yet another step in reducing the cycle of incarceration.”
Intensive group therapy coupled with individual sessions Bogle describes the method as restructuring the way each individual thinks so that they can handle situations on their own when facing difficult circumstances.
“They have made mistakes, they’ve made bad decisions and I don’t think any of them would deny that,” said Bogle. “But, these are good people and all of them have an opportunity to change. They just need a little help getting there.
Tamara has over eight years of experience providing clinical services within the correctional field, and is excited to build a comprehensive mental health treatment program within the Walton County Jail.