FCI Danbury is a proud member of the Bureau’s Northeast Region. The institution is comprised of a low-security FCI housing male offenders, a Federal Satellite Low (FSL) housing female offenders, and a minimum-security Federal Prison Camp (FPC) housing female offenders.
The Federal Correctional Institution, located in Danbury, Connecticut, was opened on August 6, 1940, as a minimum security facility for men. In 1982, the Federal Prison Camp was established adjacent to the FCI. Other than the foundation, the Camp was constructed entirely by staff and inmate workers. The FPC was re-designated as a female facility in 1988. In February 1994, the FCI was re-designated as a female facility. It reverted back to a male facility in 2014. The LeRoy S. Sipe Training Center was completed in August 1990, with the Wee Wisdom Day Care (now closed) located on the main floor. FCI Danbury was the first facility in the Bureau to establish a day care program for staff. In 2017, FSL Danbury opened as the first institution to introduce the FIT (Female Integrated Treatment) Program. This was the BOP's first ever programming facility, where the entire FSL is considered a therapeutic community including a Residential Drug Abuse Program, a Mental Health Step Down Program, a Resolve Program (trauma treatment) and a Peer Support Program, and all incarcerated individuals housed there are involved in some aspect of treatment.
The Psychology Department at FCI Danbury has one Chief Psychologist, one Psychology Technician, two Staff Psychologists, one Internship Program Coordinator, one Resolve (trauma) Coordinator, one Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Coordinator, one Skills Coordinator, two Skills Treatment Specialists, a Drug Abuse Program Coordinator, four Drug Treatment Specialists, one FIT Program Coordinator, one FIT Psychologist, and four FIT Treatment Specialists. When all positions are filled the total staff compliment is 21.
Psychology staff members conduct initial psychological screenings of all arriving incarcerated individuals and provide recommendations to unit teams regarding mental health program needs. Direct services are provided in the forms of evaluation, crisis intervention, brief counseling, and individual or group therapy. We consult with staff in evaluating incarcerated individuals with behavioral or other adjustment problems to ensure proper management. We monitor the adjustment of all incarcerated individuals with serious mental health conditions. Psychological services within this institution are designed to ensure that every incarcerated individual with a documented need and/or interest in psychological treatment has access to a level of care comparable to that available in the community.
The Psychology Services Department has private offices for assessment and treatment, larger rooms for groups, and a conference room/staff lounge area. There is also office and group space available on all Specialty Units. There are regularly scheduled psychologist and staff meetings to help promote a professional treatment atmosphere and foster close working and collegial relationships between staff.
Psychology Services offers many resources. Incarcerated individuals are able to check out books from the psychology library as well as Playaways (pre-loaded audio listening devices). There are various workbooks that are provided to incarcerated individuals. Some topics for these workbooks include anger management, core skills, family values, life skills, social skills, and seeking employment. Additionally, the Psychology Department has a library specifically for testing materials that includes computerized scanning, scoring, and interpretation of a variety of psychological evaluation instruments.
The Psychology Services Department is decentralized within the institution, with most of the offices being spread out around the compound. This allows clinicians the opportunity to be close to their assigned caseloads and to foster close working relationships with colleagues from other departments. The Doctoral Psychology Internship Program has a designated area that includes individual office space for the interns and the Internship Program Coordinator, conference room, testing library and group rooms. All staff and interns have computer workstations with network and internet access.