InterRAI

Mental Health for Correctional Facilities (CF)

The interRAI CF is an assessment system for use in correctional inmate populations. It combines individual items and scales from the interRAI MH and its Forensic Supplement. Designed specifically to be used in jails, correctional centers, and prisons, it measures mental health symptoms and describes the mental health care needs of inmates. The interRAI CF is designed to be used by correctional services professional staff, including psychiatrists, psychologists, nursing staff and social workers.

The interRAI CF was piloted in a state-mandated 2009 study of mental health in the Michigan state prison system. It provides valuable information about the prevalence of symptoms and mental health care for correctional services’ planning and policy purposes.

For further information, please contact John Hirdes, chair of the interRAI Network of Excellence in Mental Health (iNEMH).