Criminal Justice Support Specialist

Moses M. Kushaba, PsyD., LCSW-C

Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Silver Spring, MD

There is a strong connection between mental illness and the criminal justice system. Not only do around 37% of people in prison have a pre-existing mental health condition, but spending time in a correctional facility can trigger them. Moses M. Kushaba, PsyD, LCSW, spent several years working in prisons and understands your needs. He now offers criminal justice support at his practice in Silver Spring, Marland, providing the help you need to recover and get your new start off on the right foot. Call Dr. Kushaba or make an appointment online today.

Criminal Justice Support Q & A

How does the criminal justice system affect mental health?

The relationship between mental health and the criminal justice system is complicated. Not only do a disproportionate number of inmates have an existing mental illness, but the experience of being in prison often harms mental health. Many factors contribute to this situation.

Lack of mental health services

Many of the people who end up in prison have mental health conditions that affect the way they think and their decision-making skills. Correctional facilities don’t typically offer the treatment or support you need. Additionally, many facilities charge fees for non-emergency medical services to reduce operating costs. 

The psychological impact of prison

Education and vocational training are often underused — a lack of structure and purpose, as well as feeling unsafe or threatened, lead to negative thoughts and feelings. Anger, despair, and fear contribute to mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While these conditions are treatable, you’re unlikely to access the necessary services while you’re in a correctional facility. 

Long-term effects

When left untreated, mental health issues often worsen and become more disruptive. These experiences can make it challenging for you to adjust to life after prison. In addition to living with distressing symptoms, you struggle to shape your identity or create a new start. 

These challenges increase your risk of reincarceration. Approximately 68% of former inmates are arrested again within three years, and 89% within nine years. While these statistics are discouraging, with help, you can break your cycle.  

How can a psychologist help me?

Dr. Kushaba offers specialized psychological treatment for former inmates. Regardless of whether your condition predates your time in prison or not, he offers treatments to help you recover from depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. 

Dr. Kushaba also helps you learn and practice the skills you need to succeed in building a new life and avoiding choices and situations that could result in more time in prison. He can help you recover from addiction, learn to manage anger and other negative thoughts and feelings, and increase your ability to make healthy decisions.  

When should I talk to a psychologist about my experiences in the criminal justice system?

You shouldn’t ignore any signs of mental health issues. When left untreated, symptoms usually worsen and have a more significant impact on your life. Dr. Kushaba offers treatment from day one and can help you get your health and your life on track. 

If you’re having trouble reintegrating into life after prison, call Dr. Kushaba or schedule an appointment online today.