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Title: Intensive Management Plans
Category: Custodial Operations - Standard Operating Procedures
Version: 01
Implement Date: 07 August 2012
Application: Custodial Operations
Availability: Public

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Custodial Operations Standard Operating Procedure - Intensive Management Plans


Performance Standard
Authority
1.Procedure Requirements
1.1Definitions
2.Identification of an IMP
3.Development of an IMP
4.Approval of an IMP
5.Implementation of an IMP
6.Review of an IMP
7.Prisoners with Specific Needs
8.At-Risk Management (Self Harm/Suicide)
9.Transfer

Performance Standard

A framework for is in place for prisoners who require more intensive supervision and/or case management and/or intervention than provided through the standard prisoner management processes. This is in accordance with-

Safety and Security - Our Principles - Engagement

1. Managing prisoners as individuals

We will manage prisoners on an individual basis depending on their individual needs.

Refer - Safety and Security - Our Principles (in-confidence)

Chief Inspector Healthy Prisons 2007

Refer - Healthy Prisons Handbook

Standard Guidelines for Corrections in Australia Standards

Refer - Standard Guidelines for Corrections in Australia Revised 2004

Authority

1. Procedure Requirements

An intensive management plan (IMP) is multipurpose and implemented for prisoners who have been identified as requiring a higher level of supervision and/or case management and/or intervention strategies.

Examples of situations where an IMP may be required for a prisoner include but are not limited to-

  1. assessed as having a specific need such as those relating to a cognitive impairment or intellectual disability that impact on their staff and peer interactions and/or ability to undertake daily living activities;
  2. assessed as being an Elevated Baseline Risk of self harm or suicide and is not currently assessed as being at-risk of suicide or self harm;
  3. subject to a maximum security order and is to be re-integrated into the general prisoner population;
  4. subject to a safety order for an extended period and is to be re-integrated into the general prisoner population;
  5. identified to have a pattern of breaches of discipline, behavioural case reports and/or intelligence reports identifying problematic behaviour (eg. observed to bully, intimidate or victimise other prisoners and/or actively engaged in substance abuse and other drug related behaviours).

Refer procedures - Assessment, At-Risk Management (Self Harm/Suicide), and standard operating procedures - Maximum Security Orders - Assessment, Approval, and Review; Maximum Security Units (in-confidence) - Prisoner Management; Maximum Security Units (in-confidence) - Security Management; Safety Orders

An IMP must not be used in conjunction with any other plans. For example, a prisoner who is considered at risk of suicide or self harm must be managed on an At-Risk Management Plan, or a prisoner who is accommodated in a maximum security unit (MSU) must be managed on a MSU Management Plan.

Refer procedure - At-Risk Management (Self Harm/Suicide) and standard operating procedure - Maximum Security Units (in-confidence) - Prisoner Management

An IMP may be used to authorise a restriction of out of cell access time for a prisoner placed in an accommodation unit, refer standard operating procedure Unlock and Lock-away of Prisoners. Any restriction of out of cell time must not impact on the prisoners opportunity to exercise, in the fresh air, for at least less than 2 daylight hours a day, refer s.5(d) Corrective Services Regulations 2006.

1.1 Definitions

General managers nominee includes-

  1. deputy general manager; and
  2. correctional manager.

2. Identification of an IMP

Any staff member that reasonably believes that a prisoner requires intensive management can request through their relevant supervisor that the prisoner be assessed by an IMP panel. The supervisor will ensure that a case note is entered on IOMS detailing the outcome of the intensive management plan request.

3. Development of an IMP

The IMP must be written in a manner that can be easily read and understood by the prisoner and include-

  1. purpose of the IMP;
  2. identified target behaviours;
  3. behavioural objectives;
  4. prisoner goals;
  5. supervision, case management and intervention risk mitigation strategies;
  6. summary of a prisoner's progress, if applicable;
  7. review date/s;
  8. panel members' recommendations;
  9. where relevant - any out of cell time restrictions;
  10. general Manager or nominee's comments and approval; and
  11. prisoner's acknowledgement.

Refer administrative forms - Intensive Management Plan, Intensive Management Plans Considerations

The IMP panel should be representative of all staff relevant to the supervision, case management and intervention of the prisoner. The general manager or nominee will determine the representatives to be in attendance, which may include-

  1. correctional manager;
  2. correctional supervisor;
  3. psychologist; and
  4. cultural liaison officer (if applicable)

Where appropriate, a prisoner may be provided an opportunity to participate in the development of the IMP for the purpose of developing the prisoner's goals.

Where relevant health and medical information needs to be obtained from Queensland Health, refer - Offender Health Services, Forms, Consent Release Information to QCS.

If prisoner consent is provided and relevant information exists, a Queensland Health representative including Prison Mental Health Services, if applicable, should be invited to participate in the development and implementation of the IMP.

4. Approval of an IMP

IMPs must be approved by the general manager or nominee prior to implementation.

5. Implementation of an IMP

Prior to implementing the approved IMP, the prisoner must be interviewed by a correctional supervisor.

During the interview, the purpose and content of the IMP must be explained to the prisoner and the prisoner must sign the IMP acknowledging that they understand the purpose and content of the IMP. Where a prisoner refuses to sign the IMP, the date and time that the interview with the prisoner was convened must be recorded on the IMP. A copy of the IMP must be given to the prisoner.

A case note must then be completed to record that the prisoner has been provided with an opportunity to acknowledge the purpose and content of the IMP, whether the prisoner signed or refused to sign the IMP, and that a copy of the IMP has been given to the prisoner.

The correctional supervisor and/or psychologist must also brief staff responsible for the supervision, case management and intervention in relation to the contents and purpose of the IMP.

An IMP does not replace the need for a sentenced prisoner to undergo assessment and planning and any Offender Rehabilitation Plan recommendations should be considered in the development of the IMP. Refer procedures - Admission; Assessment; Planning; Review.

The IMP must be electronically saved attached to IOMS - Offender Attachments as Intensive Management Plan ID.dd.mm.yy and/or placed on the Offender File.

6. Review of an IMP

An IMP must be reviewed by an IMP panel and reviewed at intervals not exceeding three (3) months. IMP's may be reviewed earlier if otherwise determined by the IMP panel. For prisoners reintegrating from a maximum security unit, refer standard operating procedure Maximum Security Units (in-confidence) - Prisoner Management.

If an IMP is required in excess of six (6) months an Event Based Review (EBR) must be conducted. The EBR must consider classification, placement and planning for the prisoner.

The prisoner must be provided an opportunity to participate in the review process, where appropriate, and to acknowledge the purpose and contents of the reviewed IMP prior to implementation.

The relevant supervisor must also provide a summary of the information as it relates to the prisoner's progress in relation to the behavioural objectives and response to the supervision and case management strategies, and/or intervention strategies during the review period.

A summary of the reviewed information must be provided in the IMP section, summary of a prisoner's progress.

The reviewed IMP must be approved by the general manager or nominee prior to implementation.

The reviewed IMP must be placed on the Offender File and electronically saved attached to IOMS - Offender Attachments as Intensive Management Plan ID.dd.mm.yy

7. Prisoners with Specific Needs

If specific needs have been identified such as cultural or language barriers, cognitive impairments or intellectual disability, or low literacy levels that may impact on the prisoner's ability to contribute to the development of prisoner goals, or understanding of the purpose and content of the IMP, an appropriate internal/external service provider/s should be engaged.

For example, if the prisoner has been identified as having a language barrier it would be appropriate for an interpreter to be involved in the development of prisoner goals and implementation of an IMP.

Other relevant services providers may include an appointed adult guardian, cultural liaison officer, chaplains or a transitional service provider such as Bridging the Gap or Disability Support Services.

The identification of any specific needs and engagement of any service providers must be clearly recorded in the relevant sections of the IMP including, specialised interventions and/or external agency services.

A sentence management officer must also ensure that any identified specific needs are considered in the prisoner's current Offender Rehabilitation Plan.

8. At-Risk Management (Self Harm/Suicide)

Refer procedure - At-Risk Management (Self Harm/Suicide)

If any staff member becomes aware that the prisoner may be at-risk of suicide or self-harm or has concern for a prisoner's safety and welfare, the procedure - At-Risk Management (Self Harm/Suicide) must be followed.

If a prisoner subject to an IMP is placed under at-risk observations, the conditions of the IMP must be immediately ceased. The Risk Assessment Team must consider the IMP in the development of an At-Risk Management Plan.

Refer administrative form At Risk Management Plan.

When a prisoner is removed from at-risk management (suicide/self harm) observations consideration must be given by the At Risk Management Panel in relation to whether the prisoner should be subject to an IMP.

9. Transfer

Refer procedure - Transfer of Prisoners

If a prisoner subject to an IMP is recommended for transfer to another facility the general manager or nominee of the sending facility must provide, with the request for transfer, detailed information to the general manager of the receiving facility.

If the transfer is approved, the receiving corrective services facility must convene an IMP panel prior to a prisoner's reception and determine if any changes to the IMP are required.

Endorsed by:

PETER BOTTOMLEY

Deputy Commissioner, Statewide Operations

Approved by:





MARLENE MORISON
Commissioner





Version History

07/08/2012 Version 01