Major inmate medical improvements are anticipated
Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan is pleased to announce the institution of a new health care program at the Chisago county Jail designed to raise the standard of inmate care while reducing waste, despite an economy where expenses keep increasing.
The comprehensive program focuses on improving the quality of care delivered in the jail setting, as well as enhancing the overall health of detainees through the use of appropriate medications and counseling. With this mission at the forefront, chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and hypertension, are better managed upon the inmate’s release into the community. In fact, the program has statistically shown that health care provided to those incarcerated see better results than visits to their regular physician. This is a major advantage in the care of chronic diseases and for tracking infectious diseases in the community.
With an average daily population of 55 inmates, the program will provide the Chisago County Jail with physician and nursing services, as well an ancillary and support services and a training program to improve medical care through continuous education.
Not only adoes Duncan want an outstanding jail healthcare program, he is also looking for ways to save valuable taxpayer dollars—the new program he has selected helps accomplish both. With this program, the county offices can buy items at a reduced rate by taking advantage of a discount pricing program. The program includes thousands of manufacturers and distributors and the county can benefit from tremendous savings in common areas such as food and office supplies.
The new provider, Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc, offers services to more than 295 clients in 17 states. ACH is the largest provider of inmate medical services for county jails in the United States and services for the Chisago County Jail went into effect March 23, 2017.