Attendance, Education Surge at NCCHC Las Vegas Events
Chicago, July 30, 2013 – Hundreds of correctional health professionals from across the United States came together for education and networking at the NCCHC Correctional Health Care Leadership Institutes and Correctional Mental Health Care Conference in July. The 450 participants represented a significant growth in attendance compared to the same events held in 2012.
More important than attendance, participants rated the events highly on three key evaluation criteria: (1) overall level of the content, (2) ability to apply the knowledge gained in their practice and (3) knowledge gained will lead to improved patient outcomes.
The purpose of the Leadership Institutes is to prepare both clinical and administrative leaders to meet goals such providing quality care under strict budgets while providing tools for reducing risk, optimal staffing, and outcome measurement. One physician attendee noted that information on “incorporating technology, changes resulting from the Affordable Care Act and how to review and update existing procedures” was extremely valuable.
“Care was taken to craft the program such that the curriculum would be of maximum use to clinical providers and health administrators in the field,” said Brent Gibson, MD, vice president of operations for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care., “We wanted the information to be immediately useful to our participants when they returned to work.”
The Correctional Mental Health Care Conference highlights current and emerging information and trends affecting mental health care in jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities. Participants were pleased with the range of issues covered and the level of detail. Allison Genberg, LCSW, CCHP, said, “This conference allowed me to take a step back from my daily routine and examine not only all of the ways I can provide better overall care to the population I serve, but also how to protect myself and the interests of my department without sacrificing anything.” William Gates, MSW, LCSW, commented on the “excellent lectures in clinical matters, legal developments, administrative challenges and strategies that work with inmates.“
The events were made possible in part because of sponsorships from MHM Correctional Services, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals and Wexford Health Sources. Additional exhibitors included 1docway, Alkermes, American Correctional Services, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, Heritage Health Solutions, Manchac Technologies, Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals, Post Medical, Psychotherapy.net and the Registry of Physician Specialists.
The next Correctional Health Care Leadership Institutes will take place July 18-19, 2014, and the Correctional Mental Health Care Conference will take place July 20-21, 2014. Both events will be held at the Four-Diamond, award-winning Omni Interlocken Hotel in Denver (Broomfield), CO. For more information, email Education@ncchc.org.