Industry News

March 28, 2016
Fewer than a quarter of federal prisons have maintained adequate medical staffs in recent years despite a nearly $200 million increase in funding for medical care, according to a report from the Justice Depa
March 28, 2016
A growing number of inmates in Washington's Cowlitz County have serious mental health problems, so county commissioners approved a $228,000 annual contract with Correct Care Solutions to provide mental healthcare workers at the jail 24 hours a day.
March 25, 2016

New York's Assembly has proposed Medicaid coverage for high-need state prison and local jail inmates starting 30 days before their release.

March 22, 2016
Health officials are training soon-to-be-released inmates to use the overdose-reversal drug naloxone to save others and sometimes themselves, according to The Washington Post.
March 16, 2016
According to Human Rights Watch, from 2007 to 2010, the increase in the elderly population being sentenced to state and federal prison outpaced the increase in the total population by 94 to 1.
March 14, 2016
A pilot program, launched in Harris County, Texas in 2013 as part of an effort to reduce the numbers of mentally ill people locked up in local jails, may be working.
March 14, 2016
Three bid packages were opened from companies hoping to contract with Houston County to provide medical services at the jail. New state standards went into effect in 2015, and while the county jail was fine according to the old criteria, some problems were identified under the new rules.
March 13, 2016
Corizon Health appointed Douglas Thompson as EVP and CFO. Thompson will report to CEO Karey Witty and serve on the company's Senior Executive Leadership Team, which sets strategic direction for the company.
March 13, 2016
Partnership HealthPlan of California teamed up with 11 community organizations to remove barriers preventing individuals from accessing quality care.
January 18, 2016
Los Angeles County mental health officials and police are increasingly looking to urgent care centers as an alternative to jail beds or overcrowded psychiatric ERs for people in the throes of a mental health crisis.
January 17, 2016
The Florida Department of Corrections is moving forward with finding private prison healthcare providers after Corizon Health terminated its contract with the state in December.
January 15, 2016
The American Correctional Association is reshaping national accreditation standards to ease solitary confinement stays for inmates. Proposals range from mandatory healthcare visits and mental illness treatment for inmates in segregation to more time out of cells for recreation and education.
December 26, 2015
New York prison guards and justice system staff workers who come into direct contact with state inmates will be required to undergo annual training to recognize symptoms of poor mental health and suicide risk.
December 21, 2015
A group of health professionals and researchers have received grants to study treatments for substance use disorders and hepatitis C among people incarcerated in state prisons. Experts in implementation science will guide treatment teams working in designated U.S.
December 19, 2015
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) Division of Mental Health and Addiction launched Recovery Works, a statewide voucher-based specialty behavioral health program for uninsured felony offenders with mental illness or substance use disorder.
December 17, 2015
The Excellence in Mental Health Act is being called by criminal justice reform experts a "common-sense solution" to the crisis of mentally ill inmates flooding U.S. prisons.
December 16, 2015
UMass Medical School will take the fight against the ongoing opioid crisis within prison walls through a new health collaborative with a focus on bringing evidence-based treatment for substance abuse and Hepatitis C to prisons and jails.
December 16, 2015
In this opinion piece, Steven W. Tompkins, sheriff of Suffolk County and president of the Massachusetts Sheriffs' Association, says county sheriff departments serve as de facto health and addiction service providers for residents who do not seek, or have access to, care in the community.
December 08, 2015
Barnstable County started offering Vivitrol to inmates in 2012, among the first jail operators in the country to do so. Since then, jails and prisons throughout Massachusetts, and about 100 others nationally, have embraced Vivitrol as a tool to keep people off of drugs and out of prison.
December 01, 2015

The Pennsylvanian program is credited with saving 35 people across Chester County who received the life-saving treatment this past year. The program is designed to provide police departments and law-enforcement agencies with the training and medication to reverse opioid overdoses.

November 30, 2015
Gov. Peter Shumlin announced a pilot program making naltrexone, a drug that prevents relapse in those undergoing treatment from opioid addiction, available to those being released from jail.
November 24, 2015
Kenneth L. Appelbaum, MD, a UMass Medical School expert on mental health for incarcerated populations, will be a keynote speaker at the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law’s “Systems, Clients and Patients: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law” conference.
November 22, 2015
More than 15% of U.S. prison inmates are infected with hepatitis C.
November 15, 2015
For years, many who left California lockups on parole or probation would do so without easy access to medical care. In 2013, however, the California Legislature passed a bill allowing county workers to help released prisoners enroll in Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.
October 31, 2015
Fitchburg Police Lt. Harry Hess and personnel from the Cambridge Police Department presented a workshop on "Best Practices in Law Enforcement/Mental Health Partnerships" at the National Alliance on Mental Illness state convention.