Department of Corrections

The Guam DOC provides general management of both prisoner population of both inmates and detainees of Guam. The Guam DOC is comprised of its main facility, the Adult Correctional Facility (ACF), and the Hagatna Detention Facility and is comprised of 16 housing units in totality. The DOC rotation is housed at the ACF and provides behavioral health training in the adult correctional system. The ACF is situated in Mangilao and is also used to house the overflow of detainees from the Hagatna Detention Facility. This 602-bed facility houses immigration detainees as well as minimum, medium, and maximum-security inmates that are separated by level of care required; the 602 beds are shared with other facilities on the compound (Women’s Facility and Community Corrections Center [C3]). The Women’s Facility is located within the compound of ACF and is Guam’s only holding facility for women and houses adjudicated offender’s, pre-trial detainees, federal, and immigration detainees. C3 is located on the ACF compound and houses inmates classified as minimum-out and eligible under Guam law for work credit, work release, and educational release. The Hagatna Detention Facility, a 130-bed facility, is in Hagatna and houses local pre-trail detainees, immigration, and U.S. Federal Marshal detainees. A residential substance-abuse treatment (RSAT) program is also available for all inmates to be able to attain a healthier and drug free lifestyle upon release through the process of a Relapse Prevention and Recovery Program that is 100% federally funded.

One of the reasons for the existence of the correctional institution is to prepare those that are imprisoned for reentry into society and to address the root causes of their difficulties so as to reduce recidivism. The Diagnostic Treatment Services Division (DTSD) primarily deals with the changing of perspectives towards criminal attitudes through counseling and programming services. It acts as a linkage in maintaining the relationships of clients with their families and the community. DTSD also has a Forensic Unit responsible for performing diagnostic services and treatment for clients with serious mental and behavioral health concerns and provides for the care and control of clients to prevent suicide. In addition to these functions, clients are offered educational, vocational rehabilitation, inmate labor work, and religious programs. Clients are also offered programs in conflict resolution, anger management, emotional control, domestic violence, family re-integration, relapse prevention, personality modification, parenting, human sexuality, and pardon/commutation planning.

As of April 2021, the DOC has a total of 481 inmate population; 55% are detainees, 41% are inmates, and 4% are federal inmates, and less than 1% are Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) detainees. The top three races served by the DOC include (1) Chamorro, (2) Filipino, and (3) Chuukese and/or Pohnpeian; and about 76% of the consumers are male while 24% are female. The primary language is English. The psychological intern is primarily placed at the ACF where they support the DOC Mental Health Unit, which as of 6/1/21 has a total of 53 consumers for which behavioral health supports are provided.

The Internship Experience:

Interns are expected to work Monday through Friday during standard business hours; no on-call services required. Interns work primarily from the main facility’s Mental Health Unit in Mangilao but travel to provide supports to Hagatna Detention Facility as needed. Interns at the DOC enhance their skills in diagnostic assessment, risk assessment, consultation, and treatment for a diverse, rural population in the correctional setting. Interns work closely with a multi-disciplinary team which consists of other disciplines such as psychiatrists, psychiatric technicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, program managers, and others.

Interns at the DOC develop skills and competencies in psychological assessment and treatment of SMI, malingering, personality disorders, and crisis intervention. Interns develop and enhance their skills in the areas of professional development and clinical consultation. Interns additionally provide supports to the Crisis Stabilization Unit Program which provide structured crisis stabilization services in a locked unit for inmates and/or detainees presenting as an imminent danger to self and/or others. Consultation is regularly provided to clients, family members, medical providers, correction officers, program coordinators, and members of the client’s multidisciplinary team concerning the psychological dimensions of their patients. Because the DOC consists of the different facilities and programming, training opportunities are rich for interns.

Some of the treatment services the intern has an opportunity to provide, include:

• crisis intervention and stabilization
• short- and long-term individual therapy
• group psychotherapy
• psycho-educational groups (e.g., anger management, emotional control, family re-integration, life skills, DBT)
• brief counseling (e.g., adjustment, family issues, etc.)
• responding to random supports for mental health supports made by clients (referred to as “sick call” requests)

Contact Information

Site Director: Angela Laygo, PsyD
Email address:angela.laygo@gbhwc.guam.gov

Phone number: (671) 734-1089
Mailing address: Guam DOC, Mental Health Unit, P.O. Box 3236 Hagatna, Guam 96932