National Conference on Correctional Health Care

October 22 - October 26, 2016
Continuing Education
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CCHP Certification
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let's celebrate!

NCCHC National Conference 40 years logoNCCHC’s 40th National Conference is shaping up to be the biggest and best ever! In addition to the timely topics, breadth of knowledge and depth of expertise you’ve come to expect at NCCHC conferences, you’ll find extra activities and surprises to make it a truly memorable, fun and festive 40th. Come celebrate correctional health care’s history and welcome its bright future in Las Vegas, the brightest spot on earth!

Downloads:  Schedule at a Glance  •  Final Program

Don't Miss This Meeting!

  • Special festivities to celebrate 40 years of National Conferences and 25 years of the CCHP program
  • Targeted education from the nation’s leader in correctional health care education, certification and accreditation
  • Up to 32 hours of continuing education credit
  • Excellent networking with peers and experts from every segment of correctional health care: clinicians, administrators, staff, management
  • More than 100 educational 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


Online registration is closed. Please register on-site in Las Vegas.

Registration Rates

Sept. 14

Sept. 15-
Oct. 14


Conference registration $445 $495  $520
Academy member* $400 $450 $475
(Monday,Tuesday or Wednesday)
$235  $235 $260
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 $200 $200 $225

* 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 and 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 14. After this date, all registrations must be processed on-site, and a 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 September 23 will be refunded less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations after September 23. 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 Las Vegas. 

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.
  • Dentists: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
    NCCHC designates this activity for 32 continuing education credits. 
  • 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 #886452976-0) for 32 social work continuing education contact hours.

To receive continuing education credit, log in on-site or from your home or office after the conference. 

Download instructions for claiming CE credits »

essential Education - and more

The National Conference provides 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.

Downloads:  Schedule at a Glance  •  Final Program

Conference registration includes:

  • A choice of 100 concurrent sessions – create a curriculum that meets your needs
  • Opening ceremony and festivities (Monday morning)
  • The largest exhibit hall in correctional health care
  • Exhibit hall opening reception (Sunday evening), lunch (Monday) and raffles (Tuesday)
  • Educational poster display (during exhibit hall hours)
  • Educational luncheons (Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Breakfast and product theater (Tuesday morning)
  • Reception and product theater (Tuesday evening)
  • Roundtable breakfast discussions (Wednesday)
  • Networking breaks and refreshments in the exhibit hall
  • PowerPoint presentations for download (check your email for details)
  • Up to 32 hours of continuing education credit (includes preconference seminars; separate registration required)

Customize Your curriculum

Whether you’re a seasoned leader or a newcomer to corrections, you are sure to find valuable guidance at the 40th National Conference. With sessions geared toward basic, intermediate and advanced levels of experience and knowledge, this conference will deliver an unparalleled array of opportunities to learn and grow.

Downloads:  Schedule at a Glance  •  Final Program

Choose from more than 100 sessions, including:

  • The Science of Violence Risk Assessment
  • Contracting for Health Services: From RFP Development to Contract Monitoring
  • Outbreak! Are You Ready?
  • Acute and Chronic Pain: Safe Treatment Without Opioids
  • New Models of Care in Corrections
  • Why Food Matters: Physical and Psychosocial Health of Incarcerated Women
  • The Impact of Class Action Litigation on You as a Provider
  • Substance Use, Health History and Sociodemographic Factors of Youth: How Do They Intersect?
  • The Hidden Dangers of Tattoos
  • Telehealth: Improving Clinical Outcomes and Reducing Costs
  • Diagnostic Maneuvers You May Have Missed in Nursing School
  • Death in a County Jail: An Interactive Discussion of What to Do
  • Become More Patient-Centered by Leveraging Your Electronic Health Record
  • Nursing in Corrections: Top Legal and Ethical Issues

stay up-to-date on critical issues

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 Review of NCCHC’s 2014 Standards for Jails and Prisons
Saturday, October 22, 9 am – 5 pm

Richard Clarke, MD, CCHP-P, Consultant
Tracey Titus, RN, CCHP-RN, National Commission on Correctional Health Care

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 editions recognize current best practices and conditions for 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), this practical seminar 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 Standards (jail or prison), an $80 value. – 7.0 CE credits

P-02 An In-Depth Review of NCCHC’s 2015 Standards for Mental Health Services
Saturday, October 22, 9 am – 5 pm
Judith Cox, MA, CCHP, JFC Consulting
Steven Helfand, PsyD, CCHP, Bleuler Psychotherapy Center

The 2015 edition of the groundbreaking Standards for Mental Health Services provides 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, but 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 seminar will explain what the standards say with regard to the areas of care and treatment, clinical records, administration, personnel, legal issues and more. 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 Mental Health Standards, an $80 value. – 7.0 CE credits

P-03 An In-Depth Review of NCCHC’s 2015 Standards for Juvenile Facilities
Saturday, October 22, 9 am – 5 pm
Joseph Penn, MD, CCHP, University of Texas Medical Branch
Steven Shelton, MD, CCHP-P, CCHP-A, Oregon Department of Corrections

Tthe 2015 Standards are 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 care and treatment, clinical records, administration, personnel, legal issues and more. 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 Juvenile Standards, an $80 value. – 7.0 CE credits

P-04 Beyond Good and Evil: The Soul of the Psychopath
Sunday, October 23, 9 am – 12:30 pm

Joel Andrade, PhD, LICSW, CCHP, MHM Correctional Services
Thomas Fagan, PhD, CCHP-MH, Nova Southeastern University

Take an extraordinary journey through the twisted corridors of the mysterious mind of the psychopath. This session will explore the origins and evolution of the concept of the psychopath while peeling back layers of criminal thinking to discover how and why psychopaths see the world as they do. Learn about the genetic, environmental and neuropsychological correlates with psychopathic behavior; investigate why the minds of some individuals may be wired for crime; and consider how their distorted inclinations truly are beyond good and evil. Using videotaped interviews, participants will learn to identify the unique signs, symptoms and traits of the psychopathic personality and mind. 3.5 CE credits

P-05 Continuous Quality Improvement: Strategies to Measure Change
Sunday, October 23, 9 am – 12:30 pm

Sharen Barboza, PhD, CCHP-MH, MHM Correctional Services, Inc.

Effective continuous quality improvement programs advance patient care, improve efficiencies in medical and mental health services delivery, help health professionals practice smarter, enable analysis of outcomes and lead to objective analyses of areas needing improvement. A well-formulated CQI program also enables a correctional system to effectively respond to litigation. Despite these benefits, health professionals often view CQI as an accreditation requirement rather than as an essential component of the overall program. Participants will gain appreciation for the clinical and administrative value of a comprehensive CQI program and learn how to implement a useful program. – 3.5 CE credits

P-06 Gender Dysphoria: A Comprehensive Approach to Treatment and Policy Management
Sunday, October 23, 1:30 pm – 5 pm
Mark Fleming, PhD, CCHP-MH, Jessica Lee, MSN, RN, CCHP, Mariann Burnetti-Atwell, PsyD, CCHP, Scott Eliason, MD, CCHP-MH, and Laura McKinnon, MA, CCHP-MH, Corizon Health

Multiple systems are affected when treating patients with gender dysphoria in the correctional environment. This presentation will explore current thoughts on treating gender dysphoria and managing in multiple areas including mental health, psychiatry, nursing, correctional administration, PREA and legal issues. The panel will provide concrete examples on what to include in creating policy for this population and will share examples of policies used across the country. – 3.5 CE credits

P-07 How to Maximize the Affordable Care Act Provisions to Your Benefit
Sunday, October 23, 1:30 pm – 5 pm

Deana Johnson, JD, MHM Services; Keith Lueking, Centurion LLC

The Affordable Care Act is perhaps the most significant and transformative development in correctional health care in recent history. Its adoption and implementation varies among the states that have undertaken Medicaid expansion. This seminar explores the legal impact, including how this law interacts with other federal laws and regulations, such as HIPAA, and details operational aspects of how the ACA is changing the field. Participants will learn a practical framework for implementing the ACA into correctional health care systems, from enrolling eligible patients to developing provider networks to processing and paying claims. This session will encourage dialogue with some of the leaders on this subject. – 3.5 CE credits

Meet, Mingle & Learn

Exhibit Hall Opening Reception

Sunday, October 23, 5 pm - 6:30 pm
(sponsored by MHM Correctional Services, Inc. & Centurion LLC)

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

Opening Ceremony and Annual Awards
Monday, October 24, 8 am - 9:30 am
This year's opening ceremony will be one for the history books, as we celebrate 40 years of the National Conference and the 25th anniversary of the Certified Correctional Health Professional progrm, and share remembrances of NCCHC's late cofounder, B. Jaye Anno, PhD, CCHP-A. Join us for special video presentations that also look to the future of our field.

Educational Luncheons

Tuesday, October 25, 12 pm - 1:15 pm
Managing HIV/HCV in a Unique Population Setting (sponsored by Gilead Sciences)

Wednesday, October 26, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Screening and Treatment of Hepatitis C in Corrections (sponsored by Merck)

Product Theaters
Tuesday, October 25, 7 am - 8 am — Breakfast
Treating Schizophrenia: A Long-Acting Injectable Option for Patients in Criminal Justice Settings (sponsored by Alkermes; not eligible for CE credit)

Tuesday, October 25, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm — Reception
Understanding the Role of Vivitrol® in Criminal Justice Settings (sponsored by Alkermes; not eligible for CE credit)

Roundtable Breakfast Discussions

Wednesday, October 26, 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. See the On-Site Program for a list of topics.

Facebook Photo Contest

Show your social media creativity and you could win a fantastic prize!
• Wear your 40th commemorative pin
• Take fun photos with your pin
• Post your photos to www.facebook.com/ncchc with the hashtag #ncchc40
The person with the most creative photo will win a $100 Visa gift card. The winner will be announced at the exhibit hall raffle, 11 am Tuesday.

Thank You!

NCCHC thanks our conference cohosts for their support!

  • Clark County Sheriff’s Office
  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Nevada Southern Detention Center
  • Washoe County Sheriff’s Office

Meeting Location And Housing

All conference activities will take place at the Paris Hotel. NCCHC has secured a block of rooms at the special conference rate of $155 + tax, single or double occupancy. Reserve by September 29 to ensure availability and lock in this rate. Reserve online or call 877-603-4389. A $15 processing fee will apply for reservations made by phone. If you choose to call, mention the National Commission on Correctional Health Care to receive the group rate.

Paris Hotel
3655 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas NV 89109

About the Paris Hotel

Situated in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, this elegant hotel combines classic style, fine craftsmanship and authentic details to create a unique ambiance. Inside the hotel, guests are transported from the bustle of the Strip into the romance of the City of Lights, complete with bubbling fountains, winding alleyways, charming boutiques and restaurants that resemble Parisian cafes. Dining, entertainment, nightlife and accommodations at the Paris Hotel are très magnifique!

Winner of the Trip Advisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence Award.

Restaurants at the Paris Hotel

Things to Do at the Paris Hotel


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.

Viva las vegas!

What better place for a celebration than Las Vegas? Vibrant, colorful, glitzy Las Vegas – the Entertainment Capital of the World – attracts more than 41 million visitors each year, making it one of the top tourist destinations in the world. They come for the entertainment, shopping, fine dining, night-life and, of course, the casinos. With its neon opulence and around-the-clock excitement, there really is no place quite like Las Vegas.

Whether you're a high roller or a low-key lounger, Las Vegas has something to suit your taste. Sample fare from top chefs and cornucopian buffets, try your luck at one of the world's premier casinos or take in a spectacular show. 

Here are useful sites to help you start planning:

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Food and Drink
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celebrating 25 years of Leadership, Commitment and Expertise

Participation in NCCHC's Certified Correctional Health Professional program is an investment in your future and a symbol of your professionalism. Certification recognizes the mastery of national standards and the knowledge expected of leaders in this complex, specialized field.

The CCHP and all specialty exams will be offered at the National Conference. What
better time to take the next step in your career than during CCHP’s 25th anniversary year?

  • CCHP, CCHP-MH, CCHP-RN: Sunday, October 23, 1 pm
  • CCHP-P: Monday, October 24, 3 pm
  • CCHP-A: By special arrangement

Find more information and apply online. Applications must be received by September 15. CCHP application fees are separate from conference registration.

Current CCHPs: Be on the lookout for more information about anniversary surprises, including a special reception, fun photo booth and more!


Presentations are due September 14, 2016

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 yet been accounted for, contact Deborah Ross, vice president, 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. 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. Please use the NCCHC template.

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.

To offer continuing education, NCCHC is required to keep copies of presentation materials. Also, conference attendees are entitled to receive presentation materials for every session. Therefore, you MUST send NCCHC an electronic copy of your slides 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 given 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 Promoting Your Presentation

  • Update your email signature to include a message such as “See you at the National Conference on Correctional Health Care, October 22-26, 2016, 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. 
  • Distribute a press release.
  • Distribute the conference preliminary program to your professional contacts. 
For more information, email Deborah Ross, vice president, 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

  • Alkermes provided funding in support of a breakfast product theater, an evening product theater and reception and the conference mobile app.
  • CFG Health Systems provided funding in support of CCHP 25th anniversary T-shirts.
  • Corizon Health provided funding in support of an exhibit hall aisle sign and an evening reception honoring 25 years of the CCHP program.
  • Gilead Sciences provided funding in support of hotel keycards.
  • LabCorp provided funding in support of conference bags.
  • MHM Correctional Services, Inc. & Centurion LLC provided funding in support of the exhibit hall opening reception and a CCHP photo booth and champagne station in the exhibit hall.
  • NaphCare provided funding in support of an exhibit hall aisle sign, the exhibit hall lunch (cohost) and coffee tumblers.
  • RubiconMD provided funding in support of an exhibit hall aisle sign.
  • Wexford Health Sources provided funding in support of attendee badge holders.

Educational Grants

  • Alkermes provided independent educational grants in support of session 476 on alcohol use disorders and session 490 on schizophrenia.
  • Gilead Sciences provided an independent educational grant in support of Tuesday’s educational luncheon on HIV/HCV.
  • Merck provided an independent educational grant in support of Wednesday’s educational luncheon on hepatitis C.


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