National Conference on Correctional Health Care

October 17 - October 21, 2015

Since its inception in 1977, NCCHC's flagship conference has been the must-attend event of the year. With its exceptional lineup of educational sessions, abundant networking opportunities and the best commercial exhibition in this field, this premier event attracts thousands of dedicated correctional health professionals. With sessions geared toward basic, intermediate and advanced levels of experience and knowledge, the conference will deliver an array of opportunities to learn, mentor, connect and grow.

Final Program
Schedule at a Glance
Preliminary Program

Continuing Education
Program Information
Preconference Seminars
Special Events
Discover Dallas
CCHP Certification
Presenter Guidelines
Corporate Sponsors and Educational Grants
Exhibitor Information

They say everything is bigger in Texas

And the 2015 National Conference on Correctional Health Care promises to be bigger and better than ever, with more than 100 educational sessions, 100 exhibitors, close to 2,000 colleagues and five days jam-packed with education and networking. Whether you’re a seasoned leader or a newcomer to the field, you’ll find valuable guidance, inspiration and new ideas. The National Conference is the place to be for learning, connecting and problem solving!

Why Attend?

  • Targeted education and excellent networking with peers and experts from every segment of the correctional health care field: clinicians, administrators, staff and management
  • Up to 32 hours of continuing education credit with 100 sessions and preconference seminars to choose from
  • Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of correctional health care: chronic care, mental health, suicide prevention, oral health, crisis intervention, liability challenges, risk management and more
  • NCCHC is the nation’s leader in correctional health care education, certification and accreditation. Learn from respected authorities with years of experience in health care delivery in jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities.


Register by Sept. 9 to save $50 off the regular rate! You also will be entered into a drawing to win two free nights at the Hilton Anatole.
Register online to receive immediate confirmation and payment receipt. If you are new to our registration system, you must first create your log-in and password. To register by mail or fax, please download this registration form.

Registration Rates

Sept. 9

Sept. 10 -
Oct. 9


Conference registration*  $445 $495  $520
One-day (Monday or Tuesday) $235  $275 $300
Preconference seminar:
full day
$195 $195  $195
Preconference seminar:
half day
$99 $99  $99
Guest or spouse
(exhibit hall events only)
$75  $75 $75
Speaker $195 $245  $245

* Members of the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals receive a $45 discount on early, regular and on-site rates. To join the Academy, simply sign up when you register. The Academy is independent of NCCHC and the discount is offered as a courtesy.

Conference registration includes access to all conference events and educational sessions from Sunday evening through Wednesday, including roundtable discussions, any provided breakfasts or lunches and all exhibit hall events. One-day registration provides access to all events and sessions scheduled for that day. 

To be considered preregistered, your registration with full payment must be received by October 9. After this date, all registrations must be processed on-site. An on-site fee of $25 will apply. If you preregister, please bring your confirmation notice when you check in at
the NCCHC registration desk. Badges and materials will be distributed on-site.

Cancellation Policy
Notification of cancellation must be made in writing. Cancellations received by October 1 will be refunded less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations after October 1. Delegate substitutions are allowed at any time, but NCCHC must be notified in writing. Registrants who fail to attend the conference and do not notify NCCHC are responsible for full payment.

Funding Approval Tips
While the issues you face continue to grow in number and complexity, there’s no doubt that getting to a conference poses budget difficulties for many professionals in our field. Here are some ideas to get your approval on track so you can join your peers in Dallas. 

Continuing Education Objectives 

  • Demonstrate understanding of correctional health care issues, including quality of care, access to care, financial management and workforce development
  • Identify major health care, research and policy issues facing incarcerated individuals, including infectious diseases, mental illness, substance abuse and special needs (e.g., women’s issues, juvenile health, geriatrics, disability)
  • Demonstrate increased understanding of skills necessary to better manage common medical, nursing, dental and psychological problems found in correctional settings
  • Describe legal, ethical and administrative issues and develop solutions for the correctional setting

Continuing Education Credit

The maximum CE hours indicated below include participation in preconference seminars.

  • CCHPs: Certified Correctional Health Professionals may earn up to 32 contact hours of Category I continuing education for recertification.
  • Nurses: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
    NCCHC designates this educational activity for a maximum of 32 contact hours.
  • Physicians: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NCCHC designates this live activity for a maximum of 32 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Psychologists: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NCCHC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This educational activity has been approved for up to 32 hours of credit. (See Schedule at a Glance for sessions that have been approved for APA credit.)
  • Social Workers: This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886452976-3682) for 32 social work continuing education contact hours..

Download instructions for claiming CE credits »

Not-To-Be-Missed Education

The National Conference provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of correctional health care: chronic care, mental health, suicide prevention, oral health care, special populations, crisis intervention, liability challenges, risk management and more.

Maximize your time by researching the sessions in advance. If you’re attending with a coworker, attend different sessions and compare notes.

View the Schedule at a Glance and the Final Program.

Conference registration includes:

• Admission to opening ceremony, keynote address and all educational sessions (Monday –Wednesday)
• Access to exhibits and exhibit hall functions
• Exhibit hall opening reception (Sunday evening)
• Exhibit hall lunch (Monday)
• Breakfast and product theater (Tuesday morning)
• Reception and product theater (Tuesday evening)
• Educational luncheons (Tuesday and Wednesday)
• Roundtable breakfast discussion (Wednesday)
• Daily networking breaks
• Final program and session abstracts
• Downloadable digital proceedings
• Up to 32 hours of continuing education credits, with preconference seminars

Maximize Your Learning

Topical, informative seminars will help you stay up-to-date on critical issues facing the field. Earn up to 14 hours of additional continuing education while you learn about NCCHC standards and other vital subjects. (Separate registration fee required.)

P-01 An In-Depth Look at NCCHC’s 2014 Standards for Health Services in Jails
Saturday, October 17, 9 am – 5 pm
Jeffrey Alvarez, MD, CCHP, Maricopa County Correctional Health Services; Richard Clarke, MD, CCHP, Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office Jail and House of Correction

P-02 An In-Depth Look at NCCHC’s 2014 Standards for Health Services in Prisons
Saturday, October 17, 9 am – 5 pm
B. Jaye Anno, PhD, CCHP-A, Consultants in Correctional Care; Steven Shelton, MD, CCHP-A, Oregon Department of Corrections

The 2014 Standards are NCCHC’s recommendations for managing medical and mental health care delivery in adult correctional facilities and the foundation of its accreditation program. These thoroughly updated editions recognize current best practices and conditions in the field, with new recommendations for continuous quality improvement, clinical performance enhancement, patient safety, initial health assessment, pharmaceutical operations and women’s health. Whether or not your facility is accredited (or plans to be), these practical seminars will give an overview of the changes and guidance in how to achieve and demonstrate compliance. You will leave equipped to implement quality improvements that will lead to more efficient and effective delivery of services, better patient health care, fewer adverse events and reduced liability risk. The registration fee includes a copy of the relevant Standards (jail or prison) — an $80 value.

P-03 An In-Depth Look at NCCHC’s Standards for Mental Health Services in Correctional Facilities
Saturday, October 17, 9 am – 5 pm
Judith Cox, MA, CCHP, JFC Consulting; Steven Helfand, PsyD, CCHP, Correct Care Solutions

The 2015 edition of the groundbreaking Standards for Mental Health Services will be reviewed at this seminar. The Standards provide a framework for improved mental health care delivery and outcomes in adult correctional facilities. The foundation of NCCHC’s mental health accreditation program, these standards parallel those for health services in format and substance. The difference is that they make more explicit what the standards require for adequate delivery of mental health services. Whether or not your facility plans to be accredited, this practical seminar will explain what the standards say with regard to the general areas of care and treatment, clinical records, administration, personnel and legal issues. You will leave equipped to implement quality improvements that will lead to more efficient and effective delivery of services, better patient care, fewer adverse events and reduced liability risk. The registration fee includes a copy of the Standards, an $80 value.

P-04 An In-Depth Look at NCCHC’s 2015 Standards for Health Services in Juvenile Detention and Confinement Facilities
Saturday, October 17, 9 am – 5 pm
Joseph Penn, MD, CCHP, University of Texas Medical Branch; Tracey Titus, RN, CCHP-RN, National Commission on Correctional Health Care

This seminar will discuss the new 2015 Standards, NCCHC’s recommendations for managing medical and mental health care delivery in juvenile detention and confinement facilities. These standards parallel those for adult health services in format and substance while making more explicit what the standards require for adequate delivery of health services for juveniles. Whether or not your facility plans to be accredited, this practical seminar will explain what the standards say with regard to the general areas of care and treatment, clinical records, administration, personnel and legal issues. You will leave equipped to implement quality improvements that will lead to more efficient and effective delivery of services, better patient care, fewer adverse events and reduced liability risk. The registration fee includes a copy of the Standards, an $80 value.

P-05 The Affordable Care Act and How It Will Affect Correctional Health Care
Sunday, October 18, 9 am – 12:30 pm
Mark Fleming, PhD, CCHP-MH, Corizon Health; Robin Belcher-Timme, PsyD, CCHP, Delaware Department of Corrections

Major provisions of the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2015. Millions of individuals in jails who have not yet been adjudicated are now eligible for coverage. Setting up systems and coordination with state Medicaid agencies and other organizations is critical. With new coverage opportunities, correctional facilities may see significant savings on health care. This seminar will discuss how the ACA is affecting health care in corrections, with a focus on what correctional health care professionals must consider to meet the law’s requirements and take advantage of the opportunities presented by health care reform.

P-06 Principles for a Viable Suicide Prevention Program
Sunday, October 18, 9 am – 12:30 pm
Lindsay Hayes, MS, National Center on Institutions and Alternatives

Suicide continues to be a leading cause of death in correctional facilities. These deaths represent a serious public health problem to correctional, medical and mental health
administrators as well as their staff. Many of these deaths are preventable. This seminar will provide an overview of inmate suicide and offer guiding principles for suicide prevention
and critical components to developing and/or revising suicide prevention policies.

P-07 Continuous Quality Improvement: Strategies and Techniques to Improve Patient Care
Sunday, October 18, 1:30 pm – 5 pm
Joel Andrade, PhD, LICSW, MHM Correctional Services, Inc.

Effective continuous quality improvement programs will advance patient care, improve efficiencies in the delivery of medical and mental health services, help health professionals practice smarter, produce methods for analysis of outcomes and lead to objective analyses of areas that require improvement. A well-formulated CQI program also provides a format for a correctional system to effectively respond to litigation. Despite these benefits, health professionals often view CQI as an “accreditation requirement” rather than an essential component of the overall program. Participants in this seminar will gain appreciation for the clinical and administrative value of a comprehensive CQI program and learn how to implement a useful program.

P-08 Pain Management: Pharmacological and Clinical Considerations
Sunday, October 18, 1:30 pm – 5 pm
Todd Wilcox, MD, MBA, CCHP-A, Salt Lake County Metro Jail

While research has improved our understanding of pain mechanisms, the availability of newer medications and procedures has contributed to the complexity of pain management. The patient in corrections complaining of pain, however, presents unique challenges. To understand pain management in the correctional setting, this seminar will take a multidisciplinary approach: defining the primary types of pain, reviewing the anatomy and physiology of pain, describing general principles and pharmacological treatment options, and considering the emotional, clinical and behavioral aspects of pain.

Exhibit Hall Opening Reception

Sunday, October 18, 5 pm - 6:30 pm
(Sponsored by MHM Correctional Services)

Keynote Address: RADM Newton E. Kendig, MD

Monday, October 19, 8 am - 9:30 am

Correctional Health Care: Where We Have Been and Where We Need to Go

RADM Newton E. Kendig, MD, assistant director/medical director for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, is one of the nation’s leading authorities on correctional health care. He will share his unique perspective on the evolution of the field based on his 25 years of experience as the medical director for the BOP and the State of Maryland. 

Annual Awards

Monday, October 19, 8 am - 9: 30 am

Breakfast/Product Theater

Tuesday, October 20, 7 am - 8 am
(Sponsored by Gilead Sciences; not eligible for CE credit)

Dallas County Jail and MedMod Facility Tour

Tuesday, October 20, 8 am and 10 am

Get behind the scenes of Dallas County Jail’s brand-new, state-of-the-art medical and mental health care facility and clinic. Each year, the jail books about 100,000 inmates. Just over half suffer from an acute or chronic illness that requires medical care. The Medical Modification Project, or MedMod, will provide medical and mental health care on-site and reduce the number of inmates sent to the emergency room for care. Parkland Health & Hospital System, the community’s public health provider, provides the medical and mental health care for the jail and was closely involved in establishing the new facilities. There is no charge to attend, but preregistration is required.

Educational Luncheons

(Sponsored by Gilead Sciences)

HIV in Corrections: Progress and Challenges

Tuesday, October 20, 12 pm

Optimal Treatment of HCV in Corrections: A Public Health Imperative

Wednesday, Ocotober 21, 12:15 pm

Reception/Product Theater

Tuesday, October 20, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
(Sponsored by Qiagen; not eligible for CE credit)

Roundtable Breakfast Discussions

Wednesday, October 21, 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Participate in discussions on hot topics and emerging issues, seek advice and share insights. Open to all attendees, these special gatherings are a great way to start the day on Wednesday.

Educational Posters

Poster presenters will share their findings in the exhibit hall during the Sunday evening opening reception. Open for viewing throughout the conference during exhibit hall hours, poster topics include everything from program innovations to research findings to treatment recommendations.

Meeting Location And Housing

All conference activities will take place at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX. NCCHC has secured a special conference rate of $174 + tax. Make your reservation by September 24 to ensure availability and lock in the special rate. Reserve online or call 214-748-1200; use Group Code NCH.

A Prestigious, Landmark Hotel

Set in the heart of Downtown Dallas, the Hilton Anatole is just minutes from the arts and entertainment districts of the West End and Deep Ellum.

With the largest hotel art collection in the United States, boasting more than 1,000 exotic pieces from around the world, a full service health club and spa and a choice of eight restaurants and bars, the Hilton Anatole is a destination in itself.

The hotel's reputation for providing visitors with first-class accommodations is unsurpassed. The guest rooms provide a beautifully detailed, Asian-inspired sanctuary adorned with the finest guest amenities. Hotel features include:

  • 8 restaurants and bars and 24-hour room service
  • Wired and wireless internet access in all guest rooms and public areas
  • Three swimming pools including an outdoor swim-up bar
  • 80,000 sq. ft. full-service health & fitness club and therapeutic spa
  • 7-acre sculpture park with jogging trails, koi pond and tennis courts
  • Extensive collection of museum-class fine art
  • Close to the Dallas arts, entertainment and shopping district

Directions and Transportation »

ALERT: Unauthorized companies may pose as the official housing vendors for the National Conference. These companies are not affiliated with NCCHC. For your protection, we ask that you exercise caution when dealing with such entities. NCCHC guarantees hotel room rate, availability and protection only for reservations made through the Hilton Anatole. If you choose to book with a vendor not endorsed by NCCHC, please verify their credentials in advance and independently confirm that your reservations will be honored by directly contacting your chosen hotel.

Discover Dallas — Where Big Things Happen

Dallas is the glitz and glamour of the South, equal parts humble and endearingly ostentatious. No matter where your home is, you can bet your boots it ain’t bigger than Dallas. The Big D combines the humble roots of a Wild West town with the stainless and glass shine of a major city. It’s always moving, bustling and whirring, but it also enjoys taking it slow.

Mix in a fascinating history, the best shopping in the South, a bustling art and music scene and moderate weather, add famous steakhouses, BBQ joints and Tex-Mex cuisine, and
you’ve got a city not to be missed. Check out www.visitdallas.com for great ideas on what to do and see while you’re there.

Leadership, Commitment and Expertise

Participation in NCCHC's Certified Correctional Health Professional program signifies your leadership, commitment and expertise. Certification recognizes the mastery of national standards and the knowledge expected of leaders in this complex, specialized field. The CCHP credential is a symbol of achievement and leadership, and is highly valued by participants and employers alike.

Learn more about CCHP, including specialty certifications for mental health professionals, registered nurses and physicians, as well as advanced certification.  

The following exams will be offered at the conference; applications are due September 10.

  • CCHP, CCHP-MH, CCHP-RN: Sunday, October 18, 1 pm - 3 pm
  • CCHP-P: Monday, October 19, 3 pm - 5pm

Note: CCHP application and examination fees are separate from conference registration.

CCHP Exam Refresher

Don't miss this exam preparation course, which will take place the morning of the exam. Taught by CCHP trustee Susan Laffan, RN, CCHP-RN, CCHP-A, the session will cover the philosophy behind the exam, how to approach the exam and practice questions to help you succeed. No registration required.

  • CCHP Exam Refresher: Sunday, October 18, 9:30 am - 11 am


Presentations are due September 14, 2015

Please use the NCCHC Powerpoint template »

Speaker disclosure form »

Your presentation for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care is one of the most important means of exchanging information among correctional health professionals. These guidelines will help make your presentation as effective as possible.

Preparing Your Talk

The time allotment for most sessions is one hour. Please do not go over your allotted time because it will disrupt the program schedule. Plan your talk to allow 10 minutes for questions. (Adjust accordingly if your session is more than one hour.) If you have special needs for your presentation that have not already been accounted for, contact Deborah Ross, director of education and meetings, in advance at deborahross@ncchc.org.

Plan to speak slowly and clearly so that everyone can understand you, especially if you discuss a topic not covered in your visual presentation materials. As a rough guideline, you should allow for approximately 2-3 minutes per slide that you use for your talk. Therefore, we recommend that you plan for 12-20 slides, maximum, for a 50-minute talk. An introductory slide should show the title of your presentation, your name with credentials and your affiliation.

Because the session rooms can be much larger than typical conference rooms, use large, well-spaced type on your slides and allow space for the border around the image. The maximum number of lines on your slide should be 8-10 lines of type that is preferably 24 point size or larger for most text and never smaller than 18 point for any text. Please use the NCCHC template. 

In order to offer continuing education, NCCHC is required to keep copies of presentation materials. In addition, conference attendees are entitled to receive presentation materials for every session, so you MUST provide an electronic copy of your slides. This must be sent to NCCHC by the requested deadline. Otherwise, it is your responsibility to provide presentation handouts, typically 100 copies per session. A copy of the handout also should be provided to NCCHC.

On-Site at the Meeting

Arrive at your session room 10 minutes before the talk begins to discuss any special arrangements or problems with the session moderator. Please check the audiovisual equipment you will be using. A laptop will be provided.

Before your talk, the moderator will introduce you, giving, at minimum, your name, professional affiliation and presentation title. If you would like additional information to be shared with the audience, please communicate that to your moderator.

Always speak into your microphone, and when someone asks a question, repeat it succinctly. Please refrain from making comments that could be perceived by others to be disparaging to the profession of correctional health care or the patients we serve.

Remember, you typically will have a maximum of 50 minutes for your entire presentation plus 10 minutes for questions from the audience. Your moderator will signal you when you have approximately 10 minutes remaining. Your moderator may interrupt you, if necessary, to allow adequate time for questions.

Tips for Increasing Visibility for Your Presentation

  • Update your email signature to include a message such as “See you at the National Conference on Correctional Health Care, October 17-21, 2015, www.ncchc.org/national-conference."
  • Provide information about the event and your presentation in your organization’s newsletters as well as other communications.
  • Place the conference logo on your organization’s website and/or as part of your email signature. It’s available under the conference tab labeled “Exhibitor Information.”
  • Add the National Conference on Correctional Health Care to your company calendar on your website, if applicable.
  • Add information about the conference to your organization's intranet calendar.
  • Use social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn to publicize your plans to present. 
  • Develop and distribute a press release.
  • Distribute the conference preliminary program to your professional contacts. 
For more information, email Deborah Ross, director of education and meetings, or call (773) 880-1460, x-286

Special Thanks

The following companies have made generous grants and sponsorship investments to help support this event.

Corporate Sponsors

Biomedical Systems provided funding in support of an exhibit hall aisle sign.
Centurion provided funding in support of the exhibit hall opening reception.
Corizon Health provided funding in support of an exhibit hall aisle sign.
Gilead Sciences provided funding in support of hotel keycards and a product theater and breakfast.
LabCorp provided funding in support of conference bags.
MHM Correctional Services provided funding in support of the exhibit hall opening reception.
NaphCare provided funding in support of the exhibit hall lunch (cohost) and coffee tumblers.
Qiagen provided funding in support of a product theater and reception.
The Weitzman Institute provided funding in support of the conference app.
Wexford Health Sources provided funding in support of attendee badge holders.

Educational Grants

Gilead Sciences provided an independent educational grant in support of educational luncheons on HIV (Tuesday) and HCV (Wednesday).
Merck provided an independent educational grant in support of an educational session (#460) on hepatitis C


NCCHC conference attendees come to the exhibit hall to find ways to improve health services in their facilities. NCCHC conferences are the ideal venue for your company to build recognition and relationships with these important professionals.

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Exhibitor contract
Exhibit hall floor plan
Program advertising (see Marketing and Resource Guide)


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