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Correctional officers receive Behavioral Health Certification

NECX correctional officers Nicholas Deloach, Alexander Curd, Melissa Miller, William Luster, Rick Matherly, Tracy Salyers, Gary Lewis and Dustin Diffenderfer, Sgt. Brian Eller, and Sgt. Angelo Giarrusso are joined by Warden Randy Lee, and Director Vicki Freeman after receiving their Correctional Behavioral Health Certification (CBHC) from the American Correctional Association (ACA). Photo courtesy of NECX

By Tamas Mondovics
The Northeast Correctional Complex (NECX) at 5249 Highway 67 West in Mountain City, Tennessee made headlines after ten of its correctional officers received their Correctional Behavioral Health Certification (CBHC) from the American Correctional Association (ACA).
The nationally recognized certification training is a major addition to the arsenal of skills of its personnel as it is designed to ensure correctional staff is more knowledgeable and better prepared to interact with offenders who exhibit behavioral health issues.
According to East Tennessee Region, Public Information Officer Robert Reburn participants in the training undergo 40 hours of behavioral health training, which is augmented by a rigorous study of the ACA Behavioral Health Study Guide.
In a recent press release, Reburn emphasized that following the training, correctional officers are to complete a difficult proctored test designed to validate their knowledge of national behavioral health standards and guidelines, legal and ethical principles, and relevant security regulations.
The release added that CBHC now validates the role of correctional professionals associated with the provision of behavioral health and recognizes the high-level capabilities and accomplishments they’ve demonstrated in the field of correctional behavioral health.
“This is incredibly valuable training, and I applaud the ten officers from NECX, as well as all the officers and staff from across the State that has undergone this training,” Warden, Randy Lee said. “The more tools our officers and staff have at their disposal the better prepared they’ll be to manage the different populations we supervise. That, in turn, creates a safer environment for our staff, offenders, and community.”
To date, 95 TDOC officers and staff have voluntarily completed the Correctional Behavioral Health Certification program, four of which received honors for receiving a 90 or above on their certification test.
Northeast Correctional Complex in Mountain City, is a close custody facility that incarcerates up to 1,880 male inmates, 300 minimum security inmates at the Annex, and 180 inmates at Carter County.
Additional assistance inmates at the NECX are provided include intensive anger management and substance abuse treatments along with counseling. The NECX participates in the TRICOR program employing inmates in hardwood flooring production.
Offenders can also work in community service programs that provide labor to local state and government agencies performing tasks like clearing roadways of trash and debris, as well as landscaping and painting. Vocational training and educational courses, which include adult basic education, and the ability to earn a GED are also available for inmates.
Visits at Northeast Correctional Complex occur on Saturdays, Sundays and State holidays from 8am-3pm, and on Mondays by scheduled appointment only from 5pm-8pm. Do not arrive any earlier than 7:30 am, or you will be denied visitation.
Visitation starts to end on
the weekends around 2:45 pm and around 7:30 pm on Mondays.