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National Conference on Correctional Health Care

November 4 - November 8, 2017

The Windy City or the Second City, the City of Big Shoulders or the City That Works … Whatever you call Chicago, NCCHC calls it home. Having begun as a project of the American Medical Association in Chicago in the mid-‘70s, NCCHC became a separate entity in 1983. We’ve been working to improve the quality of health care in the nation’s jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities from our Chicago offices ever since. We are thrilled to invite you to gather with your correctional health colleagues from around the country here in Chicago, the big city with the hometown feel.

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Continuing Education
Educational Sessions
Preconference Seminars
Special Events
Conference Cohosts
Sweet Home Chicago
CCHP Certification
Presenter Guidelines
Exhibitor Information


For education, camaraderie and inspiration, there’s nothing like the National Conference on Correctional Health Care. The nation’s largest gathering of correctional health professionals attracts attendees from around the country – from small rural jails and large urban facilities, from federal agencies and health care services providers. Come join the conversation.

Downloads:  Schedule at a Glance  •  Preliminary Program

Don't Miss This Meeting!

  • Choose from more than 100 targeted educational sessions
  • Deepen your knowledge by taking part in preconference seminars (separate registration required)
  • Earn up to 31 hours of continuing education credit (includes preconference seminars)
  • Gain insights from a national expert during the keynote presentation
  • Hear about extraordinary people, programs and facilities during the annual awards ceremony
  • Learn about the latest research and talk to researchers at the educational poster display
  • Enjoy educational luncheons, refreshment breaks and the exhibit hall opening reception
  • Download the conference app and join the digital National Conference community!
  • Take the CCHP exam or a specialty exam (preregistration required)
  • Network and talk shop with correctional health care colleagues, from top decision makers to in-the-trenches staff
  • View new products and services in the exhibit hall
  • Try your luck at the always-popular exhibit hall raffle
  • Download speakers’ PowerPoint presentations before and after the conference
  • Tweet using the hashtag #ncchcNC17
  • Explore Chicago


Register online to receive immediate confirmation and payment receipt. If you are new to our online 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. 22

Sept. 23 -
Oct. 27


Conference registration $445 $495  $520
Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) † $420 $470 $495
Academy member ‡ $420 $470 $495
One-day (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday) $235  $235 $260
Preconference seminar: full day (Saturday $195 $195  $195
Preconference seminar: half day (Sunday) $99 $99  $99
Guest or spouse (exhibit hall events only) $75 $75 $75
Speaker $200 $200 $200


† New in 2017: CCHPs are eligible for a $25 discount on all NCCHC conference registration rates. Check your email for a special code.

‡ Members of the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals receive a $25 discount on all NCCHC conference registration 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 27. 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 October 6 will be refunded less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations after October 6. 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 Chicago. 

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 31 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 31 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 31 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 31 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 31 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 #886452976-3138) for 31 social work continuing education contact hours.

To receive continuing education credit, log in to your NCCHC account during or after the conference. 

Download instructions for claiming CE credits »

Customize Your curriculum

Whether you’re a seasoned leader or a newcomer to corrections, you are sure to find valuable guidance at the 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  •  Preliminary Program

Choose from more than 100 sessions, including:

  • Protecting Each Other: Suicide Prevention for Correctional Staff
  • The Social Determinants of Race Among African-American Men: Diagnostic and Treatment Implications
  • Site-Specific Procedures for Managing the Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Patient
  • Tell Me How You Really Feel: A Guide to Deciphering the Malingering of Psychosis
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder for Individuals Leaving Jail or Prison
  • Professional Boundaries: How to Stay on the Right Side of the Line
  • Gunshot Wounds in Youthful Offenders: Perspectives From the Cook County Juvenile Center
  • See-Do-Save: Simulation Techniques for Training Correctional Nurses
  • A New Leash on Life: Project Good Dog
  • Integrating Doctors of Pharmacy Into Primary Care Optimization
  • Working Together: Health Services and Custody Fostering Better Relationships
  • Mock Trial: How Medical Records Can Make or Break Your Defense
  • High-Risk Sexual Behaviors and Outcomes Among Utah’s Incarcerated Youth
  • Recognition and Management of Opiate and Benzodiazepine Withdrawal
  • Identification and Treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
  • Empowering Inmates Through Collaborative Health Services


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 2018 Jail and Prison Standards
Saturday, November 4, 9 am – 5 pm

Jeffrey Alvarez, MD, CCHP, Maricopa County Correctional Health Services
Tracey Titus, RN, CCHP-RN, National Commission on Correctional Health Care

This seminar will introduce the 2018 Standards, 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 the seminar will emphasize proposed changes to the standards. Whether or not your facility is accredited (or plans to be), this practical seminar will provide guidance in how to implement an effective correctional health care system and demonstrate compliance with the standards. The registration fee includes a copy of the relevant 2018 Standards (jail or prison), which will be mailed to participants when published in early 2018. – 7.0 CE credits

P-02 An In-Depth Review of NCCHC’s 2015 Mental Health Standards
Saturday, November 4, 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. The registration fee includes a copy of the Standards, an $80 value. – 7.0 CE credits

P-03 An In-Depth Review of NCCHC’s 2015 Juvenile Standards
Saturday, November 4, 9 am – 5 pm
Joseph Penn, MD, CCHP, University of Texas Medical Branch
Steven Shelton, MD, CCHP-P, CCHP-A, Consultant

This seminar will discuss the 2015 Standards for Juvenile Facilities, 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 Standards, an $80 value. – 7.0 CE credits

P-04 Building an Ethics Toolbox: Strategies for Correctional Health Professionals
Sunday, November 5, 9 am – 12:30 pm

Thomas Fagan, PhD, CCHP-MH, Consultant
Mark Fleming, PhD, CCHP-MH, Corizon Health
Joel Andrade, PhD, LICSW, CCHP, MHM Correctional Services

As a general principle, the ethical guidelines governing correctional health care should be the same as those standards in the community. But there is no doubt that balancing security and treatment needs in a prison or jail can create role ambiguities and ethics-related concerns for correctional health professionals. From breaching confidentiality for rule violations to participation in disciplinary hearings and competency evaluations, correctional health professionals often struggle with the custody–treatment conflict in their perceived dual agent role. It is essential, therefore, that health professionals have a fundamental understanding of the prevailing ethical standards and guidelines to inform their decision-making in correctional settings. Following an overview of the pertinent standards and guidelines, this workshop will use case vignettes to highlight ethical concerns, dispel misbeliefs and increase competency in ethical decision making. 3.5 CE credits

P-05 Continuous Quality Improvement: Strategies to Measure Change
Sunday, November 5, 9 am – 12:30 pm

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

Effective continuous quality improvement programs advance patient care, improve efficiencies in medical and mental health service 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 those 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 Opioid Treatment Programs in Corrections: The Why, the What and the How
Sunday, November 5, 9 am – 12:30 pm
Kevin Fiscella, MD, MPH, University of Rochester Department of Family Medicine
Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Jim Voisard, BS, CCHP-A, Consultant

The 2017 President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recommends that medication-assisted treatment be available in corrections. Establishing an opioid treatment program creates a range of options for provision of MAT in jails and prisons. This seminar will discuss the scientific rationale for MAT and the potential benefits and harms of different types of MAT, including methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. It will conclude with specific requirements for OTP accreditation. – 3.5 CE credits

P-07 Gender Dysphoria: A Comprehensive Approach to Treatment and Policy Management
Sunday, November 5, 1:30 pm – 5 pm
Mark Fleming, PhD, CCHP-MH, Corizon Health
Jessica Lee, MSN, RN, CCHP, Corizon Health
Mariann Burnetti-Atwell, PsyD, CCHP, Corizon Health
Laura McKinnon, MA, CCHP-MH, Corizon Health
Scott Eliason, MD, 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 of what to include in creating policy for this population and will share examples of policies used across the country. – 3.5 CE credits

P-08 Suicide Prevention and Liability Reduction
Sunday, November 5, 1:30 pm – 5 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. – 3.5 CE credits

Meet, Mingle & Learn

Exhibit Hall Opening Reception

Sunday, November 5, 5 pm - 6:30 pm

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

Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address
Monday, November 6, 8 am - 9:30 am

Exhibit Hall Lunch

Monday, November 6, 11:45 am - 1 pm

Educational Luncheons

Tuesday, November 7, 12 pm - 1:15 pm

Wednesday, November 8, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Hepatitis C From a Clinical and Community Perspective (supported by an educational grant from Merck)

Product Theaters
Tuesday, November 7, 7 am - 8 am — Breakfast
TBD (sponsored by Alkermes; not eligible for CE credit)

Tuesday, November 7, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm — Reception
TBD (sponsored by Focus Medical Communications; not eligible for CE credit)

Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 am - 8:30 am — Breakfast
TBD (sponsored by Alkermes; not eligible for CE credit)

Windy City Raffle
Tuesday, November 7, 11 am - 12 pm

Thank You!

NCCHC thanks our conference cohosts for their support.

  • Cook County Sheriff's Office
  • DuPage County Sheriff's Office
  • Kankakee County Sheriff's Office
  • Will County Sheriff's Police

Meeting Location And Housing

All conference activities take place at the elegant Hyatt Regency Chicago, located in the heart of downtown with views of the city, lake and river. Reserve your room by October 13 to ensure availability and lock in the special NCCHC conference rate of $199 per night. Make your reservation at

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Upper Wacker Dr. • Chicago, IL 60601

About the Hyatt Regency Chicago

Hyatt Regency Chicago offers a chic, downtown retreat located steps from the Magnificent Mile and iconic Chicago destinations, with unparalleled views of downtown and Navy Pier. Slip away for an afternoon at the Art Institute of Chicago, explore the riverfront on the Chicago Architectural Foundation’s boat tour or snap a photo in front of Cloud Gate, locally known as the Bean.


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 Hyatt Regency. 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.

our kind of town, chicago is

Beautiful, vibrant, expansive, welcoming, historic, musical, fun, down-to-earth, Chicago is truly one of the greatest cities in the world. From one end of its 26 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline to the other, the city is teeming with history, culture, personality, eclectic cuisine and friendly people.

Birthplace of the skyscraper, improv comedy, deep-dish pizza, Chicago blues and the world champion Cubs, Chicago hosts more than 50 million visitors each year. They come for the skyline, the lake, the architecture, the museums, the shopping and the restaurants.

The conference venue puts you right in the middle of it all. Located in the downtown “Loop,” the Hyatt Regency Chicago is within walking distance to many landmarks, including the Art Institute, the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, and Millennium Park and its famous “Bean,” with breathtaking downtown, lake and river views.

We are thrilled to invite you to gather with your correctional health colleagues from around the country here in Chicago, the big city with the hometown feel.

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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 Certified Correctional Health Professional exam and all specialty CCHP exams will be offered in conjunction with the National Conference. Commit now to taking your career to the next level!

Sunday, November 5, 1 pm - 3 pm

Find more information and apply online. Applications must be received by September 28. CCHP application fees are separate from conference registration.


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

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, November 4-8, 2017,"
  • 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, Twitter 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.


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