The National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC) has selected Kenneth L. Appelbaum, MD, director of correctional mental health policy and research at UMass Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research, as the recipient of the prestigious 2016 B. Jaye Anno Award of Excellence in Communications award.
Dr. Appelbaum will be recognized for his accomplishments at NCCHC’s 40th National Conference on Correctional Healthcare, to be held at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada Oct. 22-26.
Named after NCCHC’s cofounder, the B. Jaye Anno Award of Excellence in Communications award pays tribute to innovative, well-executed communications that have had a positive impact on the field of correctional health care.
Appelbaum has been with UMass Medical School since 1987, where he has devoted his entire career to the mental health issues of justice-involved individuals. Earlier this year, he called on the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and other mental health organizations to oppose solitary confinement in U.S. prisons in an editorial he wrote for the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Last year, he co-edited the first comprehensive correctional psychiatric textbook, the Oxford Textbook of Correctional Psychiatry. Appelbaum and his coauthors received the APA’s Manfred S. Guttmacher Award in May for their work on the textbook.
In his current role at UMass Medical School, Appelbaum consults with state mental health and correctional systems on safety and service delivery, and with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on mental health services in immigration detention facilities. During his tenure, he ran a state hospital forensic evaluation unit; established and directed the UMass Medical School forensic psychiatry fellowship program; and helped launch a training program for forensic professionals and a risk assessment and management protocol for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Appelbaum also served as statewide mental health program director for the Massachusetts Department of Correction facilities from 1998 to 2007.
A Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Appelbaum has authored more than 60 publications, including peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. His current research interests include correctional mental health epidemiology, service delivery models, administrative and clinical policies, and self-injurious behaviors. He also focuses on treatment of serious mental disorders.