Legislators Seek to Block Privatization of Prison Mental Health Services

By Audrey Arthur
A bill that would allow 27 Pennsylvania state prisons to outsource mental health services has encountered heavy opposition from state legislatures who are saying such action would put local communities at risk.

Ariz. Sheriff Awarded For Jail Health Program

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. — The National Association of Counties (NACo) selected Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh as a 2011 recipient of its national Courthouse award. The purpose of the award is to profile elected county officials who have improved the lives of citizens through outstanding governance and strong leadership.

Pa. Prison To Renegotiate Health Contract

POTTSVILLE, Pa. — With plans to build a county prerelease center no longer on the table, Schuylkill County commissioners gave County Administrator Mark Scarbinsky approval during a recent prison board meeting to renegotiate a multi-year contract between the county and Harrisburg-based Prime Care Medical Inc.

CMS Wins Contract with Louisville DOC

Correctional healthcare services provider Correctional Medical Services, Inc. was awarded a contract with the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections in Louisville, Ky., valued at more than $5 million annually.

PODCAST: Correctional Healthcare Architecture

Gregory Cook of HOK discusses Correctional Health Professional certification and what he sees as the future of correctional healthcare architecture.

Cook Named Correctional Health Professional

HOK's Gregory Cook recently added CCHP — Certified Correctional Health Professional — to his list of accreditations.

N.Y. DOC Pharmacy Could Save Taxpayers Millions

The New York Department of Corrections’ new automated central pharmacy is on schedule to be completed next spring and DOC officials predict it will save taxpayers $1.5 million a year.

Maricopa to Introduce Electronic Record-keeping

Maricopa County lawmakers plan to invest up to $10 million in an electronic records system in an effort to improve substandard inmate healthcare services and record keeping.

Calif. Prison Hospital Deal

State officials in California reached an agreement with the city of Stockton to construct a $900 million prison hospital.

California Healthcare

The University of California system could soon oversee the medical care program for prison inmates if state lawmakers and federal judges pass a plan proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.