A Perfect Storm: Managing Sleep Issues and Promoting Sleep Health in Detained Youth

All adolescents experience developmental changes that affect their sleep regulation. Add to those normal changes environmental factors specific to the carceral setting, co-occurring risk factors for sleep problems in this population (mental health issues, substance use, etc.), and the potential link between poor sleep and risk behaviors, and you have a perfect storm of sleep problems. Medication is not always the answer. Learn recommendations for managing sleep concerns in detained youth that go beyond sleep medications to include behavioral, environmental, and scheduling approaches.

Learning Objectives

-Describe factors contributing to sleep health difficulties in youth who are detained

-Explain the consequences of poor sleep that may contribute to risk behaviors in youth

-Summarize recommendations regarding behavioral and environmental interventions and medication management for improving sleep in detained youth 


Judith Owens, MD, MS, is senior faculty in the Pediatric Sleep Center at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston Massachusetts and a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. She is an internationally-recognized authority on pediatric sleep and the author of over 175 original research and review articles in peer-review journals, chapters, and books on the topic. Her particular research interests are in the neurobehavioral and health consequences of sleep problems in adolescents and the role of school start times, sleep health education, and cultural and psychosocial issues impacting on sleep. She is Immediate Past President of the International Pediatric Sleep Association (IPSA). Dr. Owens received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University and a Master’s in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Minnesota. She completed fellowships in Behavioral Pediatrics at Minneapolis Children’s Medical Center and in Child Psychiatry at Brown University. 

Joseph Penn, MD, CCHP-MH, is the Director of Mental Health Services, UTMB Correctional Managed Care (CMC), Conroe, Texas. He is the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) representative to the NCCHC Board of Directors, an NCCHC physician surveyor, chair of the NCCHC Accreditation Committee, and is also on the Board of Directors of the American College of Correctional Physicians. In 2005, Dr. Penn was named to Best Doctors in America.

Webinar Fee:

$69 ($59 for CCHPs), includes access to the power point presentation, the webinar recording and CE credit – 1.00 hour for ACCME, ANCC, APA, and CCHP.

Continuing education credit (1.00 hour) available for:

Nurses: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. NCCHC designates this educational activity for 1.0 contact hour. Nurses must attend the entire program to receive credit.


Physicians: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NCCHC designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NCCHC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This educational activity has been approved for up to 1.00 hour of credit.


CCHPs: Certified Correctional Health Professionals may earn up to 1.00 contact hour of Category I continuing education for recertification.


Social Workers, counselors and others: When evaluating the presentation, select the “General” category, print your certificate, and use it to report directly to your certifying board. 

Disclosure Statement 

In accordance with the disclosure policy of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, everyone who is in a position to control the educational content of the A Perfect Storm: Managing Sleep Issues & Promoting Sleep Health in Detained Youth webinar (including planners, speakers and moderators) has been asked to disclose all relevant financial interests, all affiliations, or other financial relationships within 24 months (1) with the manufacturers of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation and (2) with any ineligible companies. Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but rather is elicited to provide information that attendees might deem important to their evaluation of an educational presentation. All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated prior to this activity. No individuals have disclosed a relevant financial relationship with any ineligible companies/commercial interests. 

Financial Disclosures:

Faculty Disclosures

Dr. Judith Owens and Dr. Joseph Penn have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

NCCHC Education Committee

The NCCHC Education Committee members have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Sylvie Stacy, MD, MPH, CCHP-CP (chair)

Patricia Blair, PhD, JD, CCHP-RN, CCHP-A (vice-chair)

Joel Andrade, PhD, LICSW, CCHP-MH

Sharen Barboza, PhD, CCHP-MH

Eileen Couture, DO, RN, CCHP-P

Amy Jo Harzke, DrPH

Keith Ivens, MD

Michael Johnson, DDS, MPH

Susan Laffan, RN, CCHP-RN, CCHP-A

James Martin, MPSA, CCHP 

Marci Mackenzie, PhD, LCSW, CCHP 

Tami Rodriguez, PharmD

Lori Roscoe, DNP, PhD, CCHP-RN

Samuel Soltis, PhD, MHA, CCHP

Nancy White, LPC

Staff Liaisons: Toyin Alaka, Ty Jackson, Kim Sterling, MBA, CAE

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When and Where
  • 6/26/2024 1:00 PM CDT
  • 6/26/2024 2:00 PM CDT
  • Webinar
  • Chicago
  • IL