National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)

National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) The mission of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care is to improve the quality of health care in jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities.
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With support from the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections, NCCHC’s leadership in setting standards for health services is widely recognized. Building on that foundation, our not-for-profit organization offers a broad array of resources to help correctional health care systems provide efficient, high quality care.

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In 1984, President Ronald Reagan announced the first week in May as National Correctional Officers Week, now called Nati...
05/04/2021

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan announced the first week in May as National Correctional Officers Week, now called National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, a time to officially say "thank you" for all you do. #CorrectionalOfficerWeek2021

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan announced the first week in May as National Correctional Officers Week, now called National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, a time to officially say "thank you" for all you do. #CorrectionalOfficerWeek2021

Thank you to Swisslog Healthcare for supporting correctional health care with a generous donation to the NCCHC Foundatio...
05/04/2021

Thank you to Swisslog Healthcare for supporting correctional health care with a generous donation to the NCCHC Foundation.
https://bit.ly/3aZzNgg

Thank you to Swisslog Healthcare for supporting correctional health care with a generous donation to the NCCHC Foundation.
https://bit.ly/3aZzNgg

Scholarships available for the July virtual Correctional Mental Health Conference, courtesy of NCCHC Foundation for stud...
05/03/2021

Scholarships available for the July virtual Correctional Mental Health Conference, courtesy of NCCHC Foundation for students and new professionals. Applications are due May 21. Best practices, care during COVID, su***de prevention, opioid treatment, staffing, legal issues, serious mental illness and more.https://images.magnetmail.net/images/clients/NCCHC//attach/2021_Foundation_Scholarship_Application.pdf

Scholarships available for the July virtual Correctional Mental Health Conference, courtesy of NCCHC Foundation for students and new professionals. Applications are due May 21. Best practices, care during COVID, su***de prevention, opioid treatment, staffing, legal issues, serious mental illness and more.https://images.magnetmail.net/images/clients/NCCHC//attach/2021_Foundation_Scholarship_Application.pdf

Prescribing buprenorphine just got simpler! HHS has announced a new practice guideline that expands access to treatment ...
04/30/2021
Good News for Correctional Providers: Prescribing Buprenorphine Just Got Simpler

Prescribing buprenorphine just got simpler! HHS has announced a new practice guideline that expands access to treatment for people with OUD by removing barriers to obtaining the “X-waiver” for prescribing buprenorphine. https://bit.ly/3vyiqv2

Earlier this week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a new practice guideline that removes barriers for providers when obtaining the “X-waiver” needed for prescribing buprenorphine for opioid use disorder. This change is a monumental step in expanding access to treatment for ...

New on the NCCHC blog! The Rhode Island DOC has accomplished a low vaccine resistance rate through a combination of comm...
04/29/2021
Rhode Island DOC’s Vaccine Acceptance Success Story

New on the NCCHC blog! The Rhode Island DOC has accomplished a low vaccine resistance rate through a combination of committed leadership, consistent education, and clear communication, with a healthy dose of trust and teamwork thrown in.

Millions of Americans are being vaccinated against COVID-19 every day, bringing us closer and closer to the goal of herd immunity. But in the nation’s jails and prisons, where the incarcerated are three times more likely to die of COVID-19, many incarcerated people and staff members are refusing t...

Special considerations for using medications to treat opioid use disorder (MOUD) in corrections. Treatment in a correcti...
04/28/2021
Talking About MOUD in Wisconsin and With You

Special considerations for using medications to treat opioid use disorder (MOUD) in corrections. Treatment in a correctional environment is fraught with challenges. These include barriers on the patient side (such as diversion potential, unwillingness to participate, or even peer pressure not to participate), providers (such as lack of training or lack of interest in treating these patients), and jail administrators (lack of understanding of the disease or lack of willingness to participate). And although the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine firmly established that using MOUD saves lives, the federal government has created extremely high barriers to methadone treatment.https://www.ncchc.org/blog/?p=1162

Milwaukee Jail Commander Inspector Aaron Dobson and I were honored to present a keynote address for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Opioids, Stimulants, and Trauma Summit on April 16. DHS Interim Secretary Karen Timberlake started off the day with opening comments to an audience of more....

CALL FOR PAPERS - The Journal of Correctional Health Care and Transgender Health are collaborating to produce a Special ...
04/27/2021
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers | Call for Papers | Special Issue on Transgender Health and Corrections

CALL FOR PAPERS - The Journal of Correctional Health Care and Transgender Health are collaborating to produce a Special Issue on Transgender Health and Corrections. The Special Issue will highlight the complex interactions of incarceration, physical and mental health, and care for TGD individuals, as well as myriad challenges in the realms of both health services and custody. We welcome the submission of manuscripts exploring research, policies, practices, and ethical issues related to the health and health care of TGD individuals in jails and prisons. Abstracts due Sept. 30. https://bit.ly/3gGZBl4

Special Issue on Transgender Health and Corrections - Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in the most promising areas of biotechnology and regenerative medicine, biomedical research, clinic...

Q: "During our recent on-site survey, the surveyors cited noncompliance with standard B-03 Clinical Preventive Services....
04/26/2021
Standards Q & A: Policy vs. Practice, Pharmacy Inspections, and More

Q: "During our recent on-site survey, the surveyors cited noncompliance with standard B-03 Clinical Preventive Services. This is confusing to us since our policy and procedures for B-03 state that we follow nationally recognized standards. Can you provide clarity on how we need to address this?" Find the answer to this and more standards-related questions!

Q: During our survey, the surveyors cited Standard B-05 Su***de Prevention and Intervention compliance indicator 2 as noncompliant. We provide nonacute su***de monitoring at precise 15-minute intervals. Is that not the correct practice?

Q: "How do we handle interruptions to our quarterly pharmacy inspections as required in Standard D-01 Pharmaceutical Ope...
04/23/2021
Standards Q & A: Su***de Monitoring, Pharmacy Inspections, and More

Q: "How do we handle interruptions to our quarterly pharmacy inspections as required in Standard D-01 Pharmaceutical Operations? In 2020 the pharmacy inspections were missed due to the COVID-19 pandemic." Find the answer (and more) here. https://www.ncchc.org/blog/standards-q-a-pharmacy-inspections-su***de-monitoring-and-more%ef%bb%bf

Q: During our survey, the surveyors cited Standard B-05 Su***de Prevention and Intervention compliance indicator 2 as noncompliant. We provide nonacute su***de monitoring at precise 15-minute intervals. Is that not the correct practice?

Q: "During our NCCHC survey, the surveyors cited Standard B-05 Su***de Prevention & Intervention compliance indicator 2 ...
04/21/2021
Standards Q & A: Su***de Monitoring, Pharmacy Inspections, and More

Q: "During our NCCHC survey, the surveyors cited Standard B-05 Su***de Prevention & Intervention compliance indicator 2 as noncompliant. We provide nonacute su***de monitoring at 15-minute intervals. Is that not correct ?" Find the answer here.

Q: During our survey, the surveyors cited Standard B-05 Su***de Prevention and Intervention compliance indicator 2 as noncompliant. We provide nonacute su***de monitoring at precise 15-minute intervals. Is that not the correct practice?

This mural, painted on the walls of two medical clinics at the Central Arizona Florence Correctional Complex, shows the ...
04/20/2021

This mural, painted on the walls of two medical clinics at the Central Arizona Florence Correctional Complex, shows the staff's pride at having been awarded the R. Scott Chavez Facility of the Year Award in 2018. Great job!

This mural, painted on the walls of two medical clinics at the Central Arizona Florence Correctional Complex, shows the staff's pride at having been awarded the R. Scott Chavez Facility of the Year Award in 2018. Great job!

NCCHC board member and psychiatrist Dr. Dionne Hart speaks out about huge gaps in mental health services among communiti...
04/19/2021
Psychiatrist Dr. Dionne Hart speaks out about huge gaps in mental health services among communities of color

NCCHC board member and psychiatrist Dr. Dionne Hart speaks out about huge gaps in mental health services among communities of color, the lack of role models, and "the minority tax."
https://www.startribune.com/inspired-s-race-and-equity-series-explores-mental-health-disparities-with-psychiatrist-dr-dionne-ha/600046918/

The latest chapter in Inspired's Race and Equity series explores mental health disparities.

As you administer COVID-19 vaccines, be prepared for questions. Here are some FAQs, along with ideas for responses. Know...
04/14/2021
Frequently Asked Questions About the COVID-19 Vaccine

As you administer COVID-19 vaccines, be prepared for questions. Here are some FAQs, along with ideas for responses. Knowing the answers to patients' questions and answering them confidently will foster trust in the vaccine and in you. #correctionalhealth https://bit.ly/2RmwrwT

Like most health care providers, I couldn’t wait to start vaccinating my patients against COVID-19. I was also very curious to see how many would accept the vaccine and what their reaction would be.

New NCCHC report shows that 80% of CCHPs have received the COVID-19 vaccine and another 6% say they will as soon as it i...
04/13/2021
COVID-19 Vaccine: CCHPs Report Progress

New NCCHC report shows that 80% of CCHPs have received the COVID-19 vaccine and another 6% say they will as soon as it is available. CCHP estimates of rates for the incarcerated and custody officers are much lower. Additional education should be considered to improve these rates; it will make both the community and the facility safer. https://www.ncchc.org/covid-19-vaccine-cchps-report-progress

As we move into April, the COVID-19 vaccine has become more plentiful. Our first quarter "Quick Questions" survey received responses from 191 CCHPs. This is a convenient sample of responses from a survey sent to all current CCHPs between March 22 and Ap...

Congrats to the 70 new CCHPs for first quarter 2021! These new certified correctional health professionals have demonstr...
04/13/2021

Congrats to the 70 new CCHPs for first quarter 2021! These new certified correctional health professionals have demonstrated expertise in correctional health care and dedication to the field! https://www.ncchc.org/seventy-new-cchps-join-the-ranks

Congrats to the 70 new CCHPs for first quarter 2021! These new certified correctional health professionals have demonstrated expertise in correctional health care and dedication to the field! https://www.ncchc.org/seventy-new-cchps-join-the-ranks

NCCHC supports vaccination plans that prioritize correctional health professionals, custody and support staff, and incar...
04/06/2021
COVID-19 Vaccination in Correctional Settings

NCCHC supports vaccination plans that prioritize correctional health professionals, custody and support staff, and incarcerated individuals as candidates for vaccination, as outlined in our latest position statement. https://bit.ly/3wwTrtp

As supplies of the COVID-19 vaccines remain limited in early 2021 and distribution plans vary widely across states and local jurisdictions, policy questions have arisen as to the advisability of prioritizing people housed in jails, prisons, and other co...

It's #AutismAcceptanceMonth. Learn about recognizing and understanding people with autism in correctional facilities. #C...
04/05/2021
On the Spectrum and in the System: Understanding Autism

It's #AutismAcceptanceMonth. Learn about recognizing and understanding people with autism in correctional facilities. #CelebrateDifferences https://bit.ly/3dzZ5lB

Autism spectrum disorder is currently diagnosed at a rate of 1 in 54 people, and the number is increasing by approximately 17% each year. That means that in an incarcerated population of 1,000 individuals, 18 or 19 have been diagnosed with ASD – not to mention those who have not been diagnosed. To...

Free webinar on April 6: The Importance of Co-Testing in Cervical Cancer Screening - Sponsored by Hologic, Inc. This ses...
04/01/2021
Event - Community HuThe Importance of Co-Testing in Cervical Cancer Screeningb

Free webinar on April 6: The Importance of Co-Testing in Cervical Cancer Screening - Sponsored by Hologic, Inc. This session will discuss the improved safety and effectiveness of Pap + HPV co-testing using real-world data that reflects current clinical practice in the United States. Dr. Michael D. Randell will present background information and data, review the latest guidelines, and explore advocacy concerns.
https://www.ncchc.org/the-importance-of-co-testing-in-cervical-cancer-screening

The incidence of cervical cancer incidence is no longer decreasing. A Pap test is used to find cell changes or abnormal cells in the cervix. These abnormal cells may be precancer or cancer, but they may also be other things, too. The HPV test looks for ...

Correctional officers reportedly have low interest in #COVID-19 vaccine. Thoughts on why it's important and ways to boos...
04/01/2021

Correctional officers reportedly have low interest in #COVID-19 vaccine. Thoughts on why it's important and ways to boost the vaccine in your facility for the health and safety of the incarcerated and your community.
https://www.ncchc.org/blog/vaccine-resistance-take-a-stand

Correctional officers reportedly have low interest in #COVID-19 vaccine. Thoughts on why it's important and ways to boost the vaccine in your facility for the health and safety of the incarcerated and your community.
https://www.ncchc.org/blog/vaccine-resistance-take-a-stand

NCCHC supports Repeal of Medicaid Exclusion for incarcerated individuals. This paper in the Journal of Public Health ide...
03/26/2021
Policy solutions to end gaps in Medicaid coverage during reentry after incarceration in the United States: experts’ recommendations

NCCHC supports Repeal of Medicaid Exclusion for incarcerated individuals. This paper in the Journal of Public Health identifies 3 themes: 1) Medicaid coverage gaps during reentry contribute to poor health outcomes and recidivism, 2) Excessive burden on justice-involved people to re-activate Medicaid leads to coverage gaps, and 3) Scalable policy solutions exist to eliminate Medicaid coverage gaps during reentry. Learn more. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10389-021-01483-4

Aims We sought to gather experts’ perspectives on Medicaid coverage gaps during reentry to identify high-yield policy solutions to improve the health of justice-involved individuals in the United States. Subject and methods We interviewed 28 experts at the intersection of Medicaid and criminal jus...

Are you a health care professional working in a correctional / detention setting (prison, jail, or detention center)? NC...
03/25/2021
Anxiety, COVID-19, and correctional health professionals

Are you a health care professional working in a correctional / detention setting (prison, jail, or detention center)? NCCHC is sharing a survey from a doctoral student researching experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study is investigating the severity of anxiety among health professionals who worked in correctional /detention settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consider completing this brief anonymous electronic survey. It should take about 10 minutes. Please click the provided link or scan the QR code to participate.

Survey Link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YTKQF7J

Are you health professional working in a correctional / detention setting during COVID-19? We want to hear from you!

MOUD in Corrections: Saving and Changing Lives - New NCCHC position statement, Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Correcti...
03/25/2021
MOUD in Corrections: Saving and Changing Lives

MOUD in Corrections: Saving and Changing Lives - New NCCHC position statement, Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Correctional Settings highlights the benefits of providing MOUD to people while they are in custody. It emphasizes that we see OUD as a chronic illness, and that correctional facilities have an important role in providing access to continuing and initiating treatment, just as they do for people with diabetes or other chronic illnesses. Evidence shows that there are benefits both for the individual in terms of reducing their chance of death and improving long-term health outcomes and for the correctional facility with fewer disciplinary infractions and lower recidivism.
https://www.ncchc.org/blog/?p=1122

Whitney was six months pregnant and struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD) when she got to jail. But the jail did not provide her with access to treatment with methadone or buprenorphine, the well-established standard of care in pregnancy, and instead she went through withdrawal — which is cont...

Free webinar on April 6: The Importance of Co-Testing in Cervical Cancer Screening - Sponsored by Hologic, Inc. This ses...
03/24/2021
Event - Community HuThe Importance of Co-Testing in Cervical Cancer Screeningb

Free webinar on April 6: The Importance of Co-Testing in Cervical Cancer Screening - Sponsored by Hologic, Inc. This session will discuss the improved safety and effectiveness of Pap + HPV co-testing using real-world data that reflects current clinical practice in the United States. Dr. Michael D. Randell will present background information and data, review the latest guidelines, and explore advocacy concerns.
https://www.ncchc.org/the-importance-of-co-testing-in-cervical-cancer-screening

The incidence of cervical cancer incidence is no longer decreasing. A Pap test is used to find cell changes or abnormal cells in the cervix. These abnormal cells may be precancer or cancer, but they may also be other things, too. The HPV test looks for ...

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I am seeking a Corrections Nurse for an expert witness in the case of a couple whose son, a diagnosed schizophrenic, suffered cruel, unusual, and inhumane treatment while in the Columbia County, Oregon jail. We are seeking a nurse to work as a subcontractor with us on this case.
Happy New Year! The New Jersey Chapter of the Correctional Education Association is hosting the 59th Annual Region 1 Correctional Education Association Conference on May 26 - 29, 2020 at the Grand Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey. Please check out our website, www.cearegion1.org for more information.
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Hi NCCHC - Please let your members know about the We Need NIC page on Facebook. Our new video explains NIC's importance - and why correctional voices are needed to keep NIC in existence and restore its full funding. Thanks!
When will the registration form for the MH conference be available? I am unable to locate a link on the conference pages.
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