Magazine article Corrections Today

Prepared for Anything: 54 SCDC Employees Earn CBHC Designation

Magazine article Corrections Today

Prepared for Anything: 54 SCDC Employees Earn CBHC Designation

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The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) Division of Health Services recently recognized 54 employees for earning correctional behavioral health certification (CBHC) from the American Correctional Association. The designation is an indication of demonstrated professionalism and knowledge of national standards and guidelines, legal and ethical principles, and relevant security regulations. It further validates the role of corrections professionals working with inmates who are mentally ill.

"The CBHC certification is another tool to equip SCDC professionals for anything they may face in a correctional facility," said Bryan P. Stirling, director of SCDC. "We are proud of the employees who continue to raise the bar in South Carolina."

Prior to certification, applicants qualify on the basis of their experience and accomplishments in the field of corrections. They must then successfully complete a comprehensive examination that tests their knowledge as a correctional manager. The CBHC designation highlights professionalism in managing human resources, enhancing the institutional environment, managing offenders, managing a department, developing and maintaining expertise, and general knowledge concerning the field of corrections.

The ACA certification program is designed to advance the overall level of professionalism in the corrections field, helping to ensure those who obtain a CBHC honor are aware of the most current and innovative approaches. The organization promotes the capabilities of corrections professionals to the general public and enhances society's image of corrections. ACA congratulates the 54 employees from SCDC on this achievement. …

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