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Ask the Expert: Embedded Mental Health Clinicians in Probation

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For this session of the Ask the Expert webinar series, the Virginia Department of Corrections Community Corrections program, a national Criminal Justice Mental Health learning site, will discuss their Community Corrections Mental Health Program.

This program has taken an innovative approach to addressing the mental health needs of people on state community supervision in the commonwealth by embedding full-time mental health staff within their probation and parole districts. Presenters from the Community Mental Health and Wellness team will discuss how these positions were established, the role of regional and district mental health clinicians in consultation with probation officers, and lessons learned since the implementation of the program in 2017. 


  • Patricia Parham, Ph.D., Mental Health Clinical Supervisor for Community Corrections
  • Virginia Department of Corrections
  • Stephanie Beardslee, MSW, CSOTP, Eastern Region Mental Health Clinician
  • Randy Horn, MA, Western Region Mental Health Clinician
  • Wayne Reed, EdS, LPC, Central Region Mental Health Clinician
  • Steven Diehl, Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health, CSG Justice Center

Date Created: May 13, 2024