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Jim Degroot, President
Jim Degroot, President
Correctional Health Care Leadership Institutes for Physicians and Health Administrators | National Commission on Correctional Health Care
James DeGroot, PhD, State Mental Health Director, Georgia Department of Corrections
Dr. DeGroot, a licensed psychologist, has worked in correctional mental health for 26 years.
He worked for seven years at Georgia's maximum security prison and has been the state mental health director for 19 years.
has testified for the PREA Commission
, at NIC hearings and as a defendant expert for state DOCs in federal court.
Dr. DeGroot serves on a number of boards and committees that are working to enhance public mental health and public safety, reduce recidivism and facilitate reentry (e.g., the Crisis Intervention Team Advisory Board, Georgia's Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council, the Association of Correctional Mental Health Administrators' Administrative Committee and the Georgia NAMI Board of Directors).
He is the president-elect of the International Association of Correctional and Forensic Psychology.
Dr. Jim ...
Dr. Jim Degroot
Dr. Degroot earned his B.A. from Cardinal Stritch University in 1971, his M.A. from Antioch University in 1977, and his PhD from Catholic University of America in 1983.
did postdoctoral study at Wright State University
He was the Director of Psychology Internship rotations at Eisenhower Army Medical Center and the Medical College of Georgia.
also held a faculty appointment at the Medical College of Georgia
Dr. DeGroot has been the Director of Mental Health for Georgia's Department of Corrections for 15 years.
He previously worked as a psychologist at Georgia's maximum-security prison for 7 years.
Dr. DeGroot is currently a member of a number of boards that are working to reduce recidivism and facilitate re-entry (i.e. The Crisis Intervention Team Advisory Board, the Governor's Mental Health Summit, Georgia's Re-entry Impact Program, Georgia's Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council, The Crisis Intervention Team Steering Committee, and The Academic and Health Policy Institute on Correctional Health).
He also works as an expert witness for jail and prison civil rights litigation and consults with both the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Social Security Administration.
Additionally, he is a guest lecturer at a number of universities and is a member of Georgia State University's Institutional Review Board.
and I have been running the affiliate's support group for about 11 years, and in that time period and have seen countless family members helped.
NCCHC | Education & Conferences
James DeGroot, PhD, MHM Health Services