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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.

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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Q: Is a log necessary for tracking grievances? It is not in the compliance indicators for the grievance process standard...
03/25/2022
Standards Q & A: Is a Grievance Log Required?

Q: Is a log necessary for tracking grievances? It is not in the compliance indicators for the grievance process standard, but it is something we were asked to show to the surveyors during our NCCHC survey. Find the answer here. #CorrectionalHealth https://bit.ly/36J4Bm6

Q: Is a log necessary for tracking grievances? It is not in the compliance indicators for the grievance process standard, but it is something we were asked to show to the surveyors during our NCCHC survey.

Correctional mental health services are often criticized with comments citing conditions and services that are out of da...
03/24/2022
Misperceptions of Correctional Mental Health: It’s Time to Drop the Old Stereotypes

Correctional mental health services are often criticized with comments citing conditions and services that are out of date. What’s overlooked is the progress that’s been made in a field where so many challenges exist. #mentalhealth #correctionalhealth
https://www.ncchc.org/blog/misperceptions-of-correctional-mental-health-its-time-to-drop-the-old-stereotypes

Correctional mental health services are often criticized with broad-brush comments citing conditions and services that, in many jurisdictions, are a thing of the past. But what’s overlooked is the progress that’s been made in a field and discipline where so many complex and deep-rooted challenge...

Will we see you in Atlanta? Join us for the Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care April 9-12. Networking, educat...
03/23/2022

Will we see you in Atlanta? Join us for the Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care April 9-12. Networking, education, and exhibits. Mental health, medical and nursing, legal issues, juvenile care, and more. Register by April 1 and save $25. www.ncchc.org/spring-conference

Registration for the Virtual Spring Conference is open. Get 20 hours of CE from your home or office with participation a...
03/21/2022
Virtual Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care

Registration for the Virtual Spring Conference is open. Get 20 hours of CE from your home or office with participation at your convenience by June 5. Mental and medical health, MAT, reentry and more. Sessions from the Atlanta in-person conference + online exclusives. Find out more at www.ncchc.org/virtual-spring-conference

Education and professional development opportunities for: Administrators | Counselors | Custody staff | Dentists | Legal professionals Nurses | Nurse practitioners | PAs | Pharmacists | Physicians | Psychiatrists | Psychologists | Social workers | All correctional health professionals

Will we see you in Atlanta? Join us for the Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care April 9-12. Networking, educat...
03/18/2022

Will we see you in Atlanta? Join us for the Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care April 9-12. Networking, education, and exhibits. Mental health, medical and nursing, legal issues, juvenile care, and more. Register by April 1 and save $25. www.ncchc.org/spring-conference

NCCHC Board Chair Samuel Soltis, PhD, MHA, CCHP, shares his thoughts about the coming year and the future of correctiona...
03/16/2022
Priorities for 2022 … and Beyond

NCCHC Board Chair Samuel Soltis, PhD, MHA, CCHP, shares his thoughts about the coming year and the future of correctional health care. https://www.ncchc.org/blog/priorities-for-2022-and-beyond

It is my privilege to serve as the new chair of NCCHC’s Governance Board. It has been an amazing six years as the American College of Healthcare Executives liaison, and I am excited and honored to be serving as the chair for 2022.

The Spring issue has sprung! In this edition of CorrectCare magazine, gain an understanding of incarcerated individuals ...
03/15/2022
CorrectCare®

The Spring issue has sprung! In this edition of CorrectCare magazine, gain an understanding of incarcerated individuals who are Deaf, learn how the Pennsylvania DOC discovered a link between double celling and suicide prevention, and much more. https://www.ncchc.org/correctcare

Read the latest issue.

Calling for Proposals for the National Conference on Correctional Health Care. Deadline March 4. Submit your research, b...
03/02/2022
Call for Proposals 2022 National Conference on Correctional Health Care

Calling for Proposals for the National Conference on Correctional Health Care. Deadline March 4. Submit your research, best practices, case studies, innovations to share your expertise with the field in Las Vegas in October.
https://www.ncchc.org/call-for-proposals-2022-national-conference-on-correctional-health-care

Join us for NCCHC's annual National conference. How are you coping with the chronic problems in corrections like in the shadow of COVID? What have you learned during the past 20 months? Speaking at the NCCHC conference highlights your research, expertis...

02/23/2022

Just added! Take the CCHP exam at the WNA Correctional Health Care Conference on May 5 in Green Bay. Application deadline is March 31. Tell your friends!

Calling for Proposals for the National Conference on Correctional Health Care. Deadline March 4. Submit your research, b...
02/22/2022
Call for Proposals 2022 National Conference on Correctional Health Care

Calling for Proposals for the National Conference on Correctional Health Care. Deadline March 4. Submit your research, best practices, case studies, innovations to share your expertise with the field in Las Vegas in October.
https://www.ncchc.org/call-for-proposals-2022-national-conference-on-correctional-health-care

Join us for NCCHC's annual National conference. How are you coping with the chronic problems in corrections like in the shadow of COVID? What have you learned during the past 20 months? Speaking at the NCCHC conference highlights your research, expertis...

This important brief, published on the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s website, addresses substance withdrawal in jails, ...
02/17/2022
Managing Substance Withdrawal in Jails: A Legal Brief

This important brief, published on the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s website, addresses substance withdrawal in jails, describes the scope of the challenge, provides an overview of key legislation and significant court cases, and outlines steps for creating a comprehensive response. https://bit.ly/3HVgrrl

Deaths from withdrawal in jails are preventable, and jail administrators have a pressing responsibility to establish and implement withdrawal policy and protocols that will save lives and ensure legal compliance.

Calling for Proposals for the National Conference on Correctional Health Care. Deadline March 4. Submit your research, b...
02/16/2022
Call for Proposals 2022 National Conference on Correctional Health Care

Calling for Proposals for the National Conference on Correctional Health Care. Deadline March 4. Submit your research, best practices, case studies, innovations to share your expertise with the field in Las Vegas in October.
https://www.ncchc.org/call-for-proposals-2022-national-conference-on-correctional-health-care

Join us for NCCHC's annual National conference. How are you coping with the chronic problems in corrections like in the shadow of COVID? What have you learned during the past 20 months? Speaking at the NCCHC conference highlights your research, expertis...

In the 2021 annual report, learn how NCCHC supported the correctional health care field with a balance of live and virtu...
02/15/2022

In the 2021 annual report, learn how NCCHC supported the correctional health care field with a balance of live and virtual events, surveys, and exams; guidance about the ongoing pandemic and continued attention to other critical issues. https://bit.ly/351thWo

Calling for Proposals for the Correctional Mental Health Care Conference. Extended for one week! Submit your research, b...
02/04/2022
Call for Proposals 2022 Correctional Mental Health Care Conference

Calling for Proposals for the Correctional Mental Health Care Conference. Extended for one week! Submit your research, best practices, case studies, innovations to share your expertise with the field by Feb 11. https://www.ncchc.org/call-for-proposals-2022-correctional-mental-health-care-conference

About 37% of people in prison have a history of mental health problems, according to a 2017 report from the U.S. Department of Justice. More than 24% have been previously diagnosed with major depressive order, 17% with bipolar disorder, 13% with a perso...

Journal of Correctional Health Care offers free access to the new women's health care issue for February. https://www.nc...
02/03/2022
Journal of Correctional Health Care Offers Free Access to Female Health Care Issue for February

Journal of Correctional Health Care offers free access to the new women's health care issue for February. https://www.ncchc.org/blog/journal-of-correctional-health-care-offers-free-access-for-february-to-female-health-care-issue

Read this special issue with free access until March 1, 2022. Nine articles focus on the female health care experience within corrections and include topics such as trauma, contraception, mothering, suicide, and health care utilization.

The Correctional Nursing Practice series on the NCCHC website has been updated to reflect changes in expectations, langu...
02/02/2022
Popular Correctional Nursing Practice Article Series Updated

The Correctional Nursing Practice series on the NCCHC website has been updated to reflect changes in expectations, language, and experiences in correctional nursing. The articles are an excellent introduction into the unique nature of correctional nursing. The nine articles cover:

Legal Issues
Ethical Issues, Moral Courage, and Moral Resiliency in Correctional Nursing
Professionalism in Correctional Nursing
Screening, Health Assessment, and Sick Call
Therapeutic Communication in Correctional Nursing
Regulations, Standards, Policies, Procedures, and Protocols
Health Promotion and Maintenance
Continuity of Care
Preparing to Take the CCHP-RN Exam

https://www.ncchc.org/blog/popular-correctional-nursing-practice-article-series-updated

One of the most visited sections of the NCCHC website is a decade-old series on aspects of correctional nursing practice. The entire series has been updated to reflect changes in expectations, language, and experiences in correctional nursing.

New webinar on Jan 27: Borderline Personality Disorder: Conceptualization and Treatment.  BPD is overrepresented in corr...
01/25/2022
Event - Community Hub

New webinar on Jan 27: Borderline Personality Disorder: Conceptualization and Treatment. BPD is overrepresented in corrections. Learn how to take a trauma-responsive approach and best practices for effective treatment. 90 minutes. 1.5 CE for ACCME, ANCC, APA, and CCHP.
https://my.ncchc.org/NC__Event?id=a0l5x000008k1IzAAI

Like many psychiatric diagnoses, borderline personality disorder is overrepresented among justice-involved individuals. Symptoms are psychologically painful and destructive, and the diagnosis carries a stigma of being particularly challenging and treatm...

Recent poll of Certified Correctional Health Professionals (CCHPs) shows that correctional health staff stress mirrors r...
01/21/2022
Pandemic Taking a Toll on Correctional Health Care Staff

Recent poll of Certified Correctional Health Professionals (CCHPs) shows that correctional health staff stress mirrors reports about community health care providers. Morale is down since 2019 and staffing is a serious issue.
https://www.ncchc.org/blog/pandemic-taking-a-toll-on-correctional-health-care-staff

NCCHC surveyed Certified Correctional Health Professionals (CCHPs) to get a view of morale in the field as the end of 2021 approached. 150 responding CCHPs identified staffing shortages, burnout, and safety as top issues and overall felt that morale had worsened since 2019. These responses are simil...

Calling for Proposals for the Correctional Mental Health Care Conference. Submit your research, best practices, case stu...
01/20/2022

Calling for Proposals for the Correctional Mental Health Care Conference. Submit your research, best practices, case studies, innovations to share your expertise with the field. Suicides and opioid overdoses are up. Staffing shortages are up. Compassion fatigue and staff burnout is up. What solutions do you see? What are you doing to make a difference? DEADLINE FEBRUARY 4. https://www.ncchc.org/call-for-proposals-2022-correctional-mental-health-care-conference

CEO Jessica Young Becomes the Newest CCHP-A. Following a family path into correctional health care, this leader finds th...
01/19/2022
CCHP-A Was the Next Logical Step for CEO Jessica Young

CEO Jessica Young Becomes the Newest CCHP-A. Following a family path into correctional health care, this leader finds the CCHP program invaluable for educating and creating a common set of expectations throughout the field.
https://www.ncchc.org/blog/cchp-a-was-the-next-logical-step-for-ceo-jessica-young

Jessica Young says her grandparents encouraged her and her siblings to be the best in whatever they took on. So, once she became a leader in correctional health care, the CCHP-A was a natural next step in demonstrating her knowledge and commitment to the field. Now, the president and CEO of Advanced...

What do you think your peers need to know? How can you help move the field forward? Submit a proposal to present (sessio...
01/14/2022

What do you think your peers need to know? How can you help move the field forward? Submit a proposal to present (session, roundtable, or poster) at the National Conference on Correctional Health Care. Calling for expertise, insights, and best practices in all aspects of correctional health care. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced presentations welcome. Deadline March 4. #correctionalhealth
https://www.ncchc.org/call-for-proposals-2022-national-conference-on-correctional-health-care

The future of correctional health care looks brighter with the introduction of eight scholarship winners at the November...
01/12/2022
NCCHC Scholarship Winners Get Inspired and Inspire Others

The future of correctional health care looks brighter with the introduction of eight scholarship winners at the November 2021 NCCHC Conference on Correctional Health Care. NCCHC Foundation received targeted funding from Corizon Health, Centurion Health, and foundation donors to provide scholarships to students from historically black colleges and universities, mental health professionals, and nurses. The winners shared their stories at a reception on November 1. Hear from them in their own words and learn more about the Foundation.
https://www.ncchc.org/blog/ncchc-scholarship-winners-get-inspired-and-inspire-others

The future of correctional health care looks brighter with the introduction of eight scholarship winners at the November 2021 NCCHC Conference on Correctional Health Care. NCCHC Foundation received targeted funding from Corizon Health, Centurion Health, and foundation donors to provide scholarships....

Calling for Proposals for the Correctional Mental Health Care Conference. Submit your research, best practices, case stu...
01/06/2022

Calling for Proposals for the Correctional Mental Health Care Conference. Submit your research, best practices, case studies, innovations to share your expertise with the field. Suicides and opioid overdoses are up. Staffing shortages are up. Compassion fatigue and staff burnout is up. What solutions do you see? What are you doing to make a difference? DEADLINE FEBRUARY 4. https://www.ncchc.org/call-for-proposals-2022-correctional-mental-health-care-conference

New webinar on Jan 27: Borderline Personality Disorder: Conceptualization and Treatment.  BPD is overrepresented in corr...
01/05/2022
Event - Community Hub

New webinar on Jan 27: Borderline Personality Disorder: Conceptualization and Treatment. BPD is overrepresented in corrections. Learn how to take a trauma-responsive approach and best practices for effective treatment. 90 minutes. 1.5 CE for ACCME, ANCC, APA, and CCHP.
https://my.ncchc.org/NC__Event?id=a0l5x000008k1IzAAI

Like many psychiatric diagnoses, borderline personality disorder is overrepresented among justice-involved individuals. Symptoms are psychologically painful and destructive, and the diagnosis carries a stigma of being particularly challenging and treatm...

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NCCHC Position Statement: Naloxone in Correctional Facilities for the Prevention of Opioid Overdose Deaths "Drug overdose deaths, primarily from opioids, rose nearly 30% from December 2019 to December 2020, reaching an all-time of high of 92,183....NCCHC makes the following recommendations to prevent overdose deaths within the facility and in the community following release from incarceration," states the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) in their new Position Statement published with the Journal of Correctional Health Care. Read the full NCCHC Position Statement here: http://ow.ly/IMj050IalGS
Honored to announce that, in addition to my recently awarded Certified Correctional Healthcare Professional by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), I have obtained my #Correctional #MentalHealth specialty certification: "a validation of your dedication to continuing competence and quality service delivery." A couple of more letters 😉 Felix Torres, MD, MBA, DFAPA, CCHP-MH
I Would Love to Hear Your Experience(s) Doctoral Research Study Prisoners’ End of Life journey: Perspectives on Dignity in Death for the Incarcerated Purpose: To explore the perspectives of medical professionals working with prisoners regarding the end-of-life journey of elderly and terminally ill inmates they treat. Would you like to take part in a research study about life-sentenced inmates’ ability to die with dignity while incarcerated? Studies show there is little research addressing the end-of-life journey for dying and elderly inmates. If interested in participating in this study, please contact: Charlene Lupo [email protected] [email protected]
This #ThankYouThursday I want to thank our team at Anne Arundel County Department of Detention Facilities and congratulate them on achieving National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) re-accreditation by meeting all the requirements of accreditation under the NCCHC's Standards for Health Services. Accreditation is a way of measuring health care quality in correctional facilities, including medical and mental health care, safety, infection control, training, and other areas of care. This achievement demonstrates that our Detention Facilities staff are dedicated to providing effective and efficient services to the people in their care. Thank you to our health care providers and all our Detention Facilities staff for providing proper care to our residents.
I Would Love to Hear Your Experience(s) Doctoral Research Study Prisoners’ End of Life journey: Perspectives on Dignity in Death for the Incarcerated Purpose: To explore the perspectives of medical professionals working with prisoners regarding the end-of-life journey of elderly and terminally ill inmates they treat. Would you like to take part in a research study about life-sentenced inmates’ ability to die with dignity while incarcerated? Studies show there is little research addressing the end-of-life journey for dying and elderly inmates. If interested in participating in this study, please contact: Charlene Lupo [email protected] [email protected]
Your Participation is Greatly Needed Prisoners’ End of Life journey: Perspectives on Dignity in Death for the Incarcerated Purpose: To explore the perspectives of medical professionals working with prisoners regarding the end-of-life journey of elderly and terminally ill inmates they treat. Would you like to take part in a research study about life-sentenced inmates’ ability to die with dignity while incarcerated? Studies show there is little research addressing the end-of-life journey for dying and elderly inmates. If interested in participating in this study, please contact: Charlene Lupo [email protected] [email protected]
Taycheedah Correctional Institution has again achieved National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) accreditation by demonstrating continued compliance with the most respected standards in correctional health care. TCI was first accredited in 2014 and has maintained its commitment to these standards for 10 years. READ THE FULL STORY: https://tinyurl.com/5k3urvhu
Congratulations to our team at the Washoe County Sheriff's Office for receiving their OTP accreditation through the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). This accreditation is confirmation of the hard work this team has put in to deliver unmatched care every day. Read more: https://bit.ly/3DJYvOE
Congratulations to our partners at the Washoe County Sheriff's Office for receiving their OTP accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC).
PRESS RELEASE: Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility awarded accreditation from Commission on Correctional Health Care Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam has announced the Washoe County Detention Facility has earned accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) by demonstrating compliance with NCCHC’s Standards for Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP) in Correctional Facilities. OTP accreditation enables opioid treatment programs to obtain legally required certification from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Today, only 30 facilities nationally have achieved OTP accreditation. “This accreditation is confirmation of the hard work Washoe County Sheriff’s Office personnel and NaphCare perform on a daily basis,” said Sheriff Darin Balaam. “It is critically important to provide medication-assisted treatment in jails. Doing so can have a huge impact on patient and public health – and we’ve seen results already. “Providing opioid treatment is the first step to helping individuals who need assistance live law-abiding, productive lives,” Sheriff Balaam continued. “I salute our supervisors, deputies, civilian employees, and health care staff for their efforts in, and knowledge of, opioid treatment programs in a secure environment.” The WCSO Detention Facility underwent a rigorous on-site survey in June of 2021 by professionals with experience in corrections-based opioid treatment programs. NCCHC is the only SAMHSA-authorized accrediting body that focuses on corrections. NCCHC’s opioid treatment standards are based on federal regulations and community standards but modified for the unique correctional environment. Accreditation is a rigorous external review of a facility’s health care operation. NCCHC accreditation is a nationally recognized performance excellence framework that helps facilities evaluate and improve their health care delivery processes. NCCHC has surveyed and accredited jails, prisons, and juvenile detention and confinement facilities for 40 years. “In achieving NCCHC accreditation, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility has demonstrated its commitment to meeting federal requirements for corrections-based opioid treatment,” said National Commission CEO Deborah Ross, CCHP. “We commend Sheriff Balaam for successfully undertaking this challenge to provide quality opioid treatment and break the bonds of addiction.” #ProudSheriff National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) NaphCare, Inc.
CORIZON PARTNER AT CHARLOTTE COUNTY JAIL EARNS NCCHC REACCREDITATION The Charlotte County Jail underwent a rigorous survey in January 2021, earning reaccreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). Hard work by both the Charlotte County Jail leadership and Corizon Health’s team of professionals to maintain consistently high standards of care have assured the County that the jail medical program meets these high standards. “Corizon Health is honored to be partners with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office,” says Senior Vice President of Community Operations Karen Davies. “The medical and correctional teams have worked together diligently on maintaining the high standards of NCCHC, and we look forward to continuing to meet those expectations.” http://www.corizonhealth.com/Corizon-News/corizon-partner-at-charlotte-county-jail-earns-ncchc-reaccreditation
We are pleased to announce that our Corrections Bureau has, once again, been awarded accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). DETAILS HERE: https://bit.ly/3AVE3Ib