Suicide prevention policies (Dukes County Sheriff)

Andrew Quemere filed this request with the Office of the Sheriff of Dukes County, MA.

It is a clone of this request.



From: Nathanael King

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

* All policies, procedures, and training materials related to suicide and suicide prevention

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Andrew Quemere

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.


Dear Sir/Madam

This is a response to your Information request dated 10/5/2018 regarding
policy, procedure and training for suicide and suicide prevention. Attached
you will find part of our training curriculum, lesson plans, powerpoints,
tests, healthcare screening tools (i could not make these accessible for the
visually impaired as it is a proprietary system so i can only export to a
.txt format) as well as our policy that drives our procedures.

Upon intake all inmates are screened utilizing our medical intake screening
which has a built in suicide screening tool which scores answers to
questions and tags those at risk as "at risk" Officers use this tool as well
as any statements or actions made to make a decision to deem an individual
as "at risk" and place them in suicide precautionary measures. We conduct
training yearly on this subject, as well as an initial 2 hours of suicide
training for orientation, 4 to 6 hours during correctional officers
academies, and practical exercises on a yearly basis.

Any further information please contact me directly. Thanks,

Captain Greg Arpin
Director of Security and Training
Dukes County Sheriff's Office
774-563-8566 (Cell)
508-627-5174 (Office)
Dukes County Sheriff's Office

Screening Listing - Medical

Inmate ID: 651793 Booking #: Screening Date: 2018/10/29 13:38

Question Response Comment
1. Do you have any acute or current illnesses No
and/or health problems?
2. Do you have any current dental problems? No

3. Do you currently have any communicable No
diseases and/or any other infectious diseases?
4. Are you currently taking any medications? No

5. Are you allergic to any medications or foods? No

6. Do you have any special health or dietary No
7. Do you use alcohol and/or other drugs? No

8. (IF YES TO #7) What types of drugs? [no response]

9. (IF YES TO #7) What mode of use? (by mouth, [no response]
injection, etc...)
10. (IF YES TO #7) What is the date or time of [no response]
last use?
11. (IF YES TO #7) Do you have a history of No
problems which may have occurred after ceasing
use? (convulsions, etc...)
12. Do you have any past or present No
hospitalizations for mental illness?
13. Do you have any past or present No
hospitalizations for suicidal behaviour?
14. Are you feeling depressed or suicidal? If No
YES proceed to questions 15-18, if NO skip to
Question 19.
15. (IF YES TO #13)Have you made any N/A
16. (IF YES TO #13) Have you tried to take your N/A
life before?
17. (IF YES TO #13) Do you have a plan? N/A

18. (IF YES TO #13)Are you having thoughts of N/A
killing yourself right now?
19. Do you have any other health problems No
designated by a physician?
20. Is the inmate conscious? Yes

21. Are there any visible signs of alcohol No
and/or chemical influence and/or detoxification?
(behaviour, appearance, conducy, mental status,
22. Are there any visible signs of alcohol/drugs No
withdrawal symptoms? (tremors, sweating)
23. Are there any visible body deformities or No
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Inmate ID: 651793 Booking #: Screening Date: 2018/10/29 13:38

Question Response Comment
restricted movement?
24. Are there any visible skin problems? No
(ulcers, abcesses, recent tattos, needle marks,
other indications of drug use/abuse)
25. Are there any signs of recent trauma? No
(lacerations, contusions, open wounds, rashes,
bruises, lesions, jaundice, infestations)
26. (IF FEMALE) Are you pregnant? N/A

27. (IF FEMALE) Have you recently delivered? N/A


Private Medical Coverage? No

Private Medical Coverage Carrier:

Private Medical Coverage Policy #:

Private Medical Coverage Effective: ____ / __

Private Medical Coverage Expiration: ____ / __

Financial Assistance -

Federal? No

State? No

Medicare? No


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