Cameron University to present expert on mental health, prison issues

NAMI-Caring Aggies, the Cameron University student chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), will present Dr. Laura J. Pittman, Deputy Director of Female Offender Operations for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, on Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the CETES Conference Center. Dr. Pittman, who served as deputy chief mental health officer prior to her current appointment, will discuss how the prison population increases as the availability of inpatient services decreases. The event is open to the public at no charge.

"Dr. Pittman is a widely respected expert who witnesses first-hand the impact that mental health services can have on the prison population," says Deanice Shegog, CU mental health counselor. "She is a staunch advocate of providing inpatient services to Oklahomans who are in need of treatment, and her insights on this topic will be of interest to students of the behavioral sciences as well as professionals in the fields of corrections, mental health, and social services."   



January 15, 2010

PR# 10-006