Given a lack of interventions to identify and engage individuals with early psychosis in jail and connect them to specialty care in the community upon release, we designed a Targeted Educational Campaign (TEC) for correction officers working in jails. We report on impacts of the TEC on officers’ cognitive and attitudinal outcomes.
Three different cohorts of officers-totaling n = 451-took part in a survey: 200 at baseline before the TEC began, 123 at 6-months into the TEC, and 128 at 12-months into the TEC. Among each cohort of officers, four constructs were measured: (1) knowledge about early psychosis; (2) self-efficacy around detecting early psychosis and referring to mental health services within the jail; (3) expectations about the benefits of detection and referral to specialty care; and (4) social distance stigma toward detainees with early psychosis.
While exposure to TEC elements was as-planned in the first 6-months, exposure diminished substantially at 12-months, coinciding with increasing fatigue among correction officers due to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as serious staffing shortages. Knowledge, behavioural expectations, and self-efficacy scores improved from baseline to 6-months, with greater exposure to roll-call messages driving scores. Knowledge and behavioural expectations at 12-months were associated with having received an information post card. Social distance stigma worsened across timepoints.
An educational campaign for jail staff can enhance knowledge, self-efficacy, and behavioural expectations regarding early psychosis, though only while the campaign elements are active. Further research should investigate whether or not social distance stigma or other types of stigma increase alongside improvements.

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