Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care 2016

April 9 - April 12, 2016

Quality care gets top billing at the Spring Conference in Nashville! Join an all-star line-up of correctional health care colleagues, speakers and faculty for educational programming that is in tune with your concerns and challenges. One of the largest educational gatherings in the field, NCCHC's Spring Conference is the place to be for networking, collaborating and problem-solving. 

Special thanks to our cohosts for their support of the Spring Conference:
• Davidson County Sheriff's Office
• Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Tennessee Department of Correction

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Program Information
Preconference Seminars
Continuing Education
CCHP Certification
Presenter Guidelines and Templates
Explore Nashville
Attendee Feedback
Exhibitor Information
Corporate Sponsors and Grants

setting the stage for quality health care

Conference April 11-12 * Preconference Seminars April 9-10 * Exhibits April 10-12

One of the largest educational gatherings in this field, the NCCHC Spring Conference brings together professionals from all aspects of correctional health care to learn and share. NCCHC has long been a pioneer in establishing correctional health care standards and helping thousands of correctional systems provide quality health services cost-effectively. Learn from respected authorities with a wealth of experience.

  • 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 26.75 hours of continuing education credit with more than 50 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

Coming to the NCCHC conference allows correctional health professionals to share their experiences in an environment that is supportive and encouraging. – Jackie Griffin-Rednour, RN, BAS, CCHP, Maricopa County Correctional Health Services


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

March 4

March 5 -
April 1


Conference registration*  $355 $405  $430
One-day (Monday or Tuesday) $205 $220 $245
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 discount of $25 on the early, regular and on-site rates. To join the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals, simply sign up when you register. This group 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 Tuesday, 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 April 1. After this date, all registrations must be processed on-site. An on-site fee of $25 will apply.

Cancellation Policy

Notification of cancellation must be made in writing. Cancellations received by April 1 will be refunded less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations after April 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 Nashville. 

Quality correctional care gets top billing

Join an all-star lineup of correctional health care speakers, leaders and colleagues for top-notch educational programming, CE opportunities and networking.
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Here is a sample of the 50-plus presentations:
• "Acting Out" Adolescents: Mental Health Risks and Solutions
• Beyond Wet to Dry: Advanced Wound Care Techniques
• Correctional Nurses: Roles, Responsibilities and Learning Needs
• "Malingering": Understanding the Legal Implications of the Term
• Reentry: Whose Job Is It?
• Risk Management for Dental Providers
• Seizure Disorder Primer for the Correctional Nurse
• Take a Deep Breath: The Answer Is in the Chest X-Ray
• TB or Not TB: That Is the Question
• You Can't Say That: HIPAA in Jail
• What Would YOU Do? Navigating Medical Ethical Dilemmas

Daily Schedule

Saturday, April 9     Preconference full-day seminars
Sunday, April 10   Preconference half-day seminars (morning and afternoon),
CCHP exam, exhibit hall opening reception
Monday, April 11   Educational breakfast, concurrent sessions, exhibit hall breaks and lunch
Tuesday, April 12         Roundtable breakfast discussions, educational lunch,
concurrent sessions, exhibit hall breaks and raffle

Maximize Your Education

These full and half-day preconference seminars offer excellent value, top instructors, access to all materials and up to 14 hours of CE credit. Full-day programs are $195. Half-day programs are $99. Sign up early to assure your spot.

saturday, APRIL 9, 9 am – 5 PM

P-01 An In-Depth Review of NCCHC’s Jail and Prison Standards
Jeffrey Alvarez, MD, CCHP, Maricopa County Correctional Health Services; Richard Clarke, MD, CCHP-P, Consultant

This seminar will discuss the 2014 Standards, which are NCCHC’s recommendations for managing medical and mental health care delivery in adult correctional facilities. The Standards are the foundation of NCCHC's accreditation program and the primary resource for the content of the CCHP examination. The Standards have the potential to reduce the costs of operations while providing a framework for improved patient care and outcomes. Whether or not your facility is accredited (or plans to be), this practical seminar will provide guidance on how to achieve and demonstrate compliance. CCHP candidates find this seminar particularly helpful as a refresher course the day before taking the exam. The registration fee includes a copy of the relevant Standards (jail or prison), an $80 value.

P-02 An In-Depth Review of NCCHC's 2015 Standards for Mental Health Services in Correctional Facilities
Judith Cox, MA, CCHP, JFC Consulting; Steven Helfand, PsyD, CCHP, Consultant

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 while making more explicit what the standards require for adequate delivery of mental health services. 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.

P-03 An In-Depth Review of NCCHC's 2015 Standards for Health Services in Juvenile Facilities
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 newly revised 2015 Standards, NCCHC's recommendations for managing medical and mental health care delivery in juvenile detention and confinement facilities. edition of the groundbreaking Standards for Mental Health Services will be reviewed at this seminar. These Standards parallel those for health services in format and substance while making more explicit what the standards require for adequate delivery of health services for juveniles. 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.

SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 9 aM – 12:30 PM

P-04 Continuous Quality Improvement: Motivating and Measuring Change
Joel Andrade, PhD, LICSW, MHM Correctional Services

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-05 Suicide Prevention and Liability Reduction
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 preconference 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.

sunday, april 10, 1:30 pm - 5 pm

P-06 Gender Dysphoria: A Comprehensive Approach to Treatment and Policy Management
Mark Fleming, PhD, CCHP-MH, Jessica Lee, MSN, RN, CCHP, Mariann Atwell, PsyD, Katie West, JD, Scott Eliason, MD, CCHP-MH; Laura McKinnon, MA, CCHP-MH, Corizon Health

This seminar will explore the multiple systems that are affected when treating patients with gender dysphoria in the correctional environment. The panel will discuss current thoughts regarding treating and managing gender dysphoria in multiple areas including mental health, psychiatry, nursing, prison and jail administration, PREA and legal. This panel will provide concrete examples of what to include in creating policy for this population and will share multiple examples of policies used across the country.

P-07 Behavioral Health Intervention: Disrupting the Manufacture and Use of Psychoactive Substances
Mark Simpson, PhD, Tennessee Department of Correction

Individuals have always found a way to beg, borrow, steal or manufacture drugs and alcohol. Nowhere is this irrepressible spirit more evident than in jail and prison. This presentation will discuss substance abuse treatment, one of the most widely offered behavioral health interventions across the criminal justice system. Despite the proliferation of programs to target inmates' drug and alcohol use, research suggests that effective programs should first target inmates' antisocial attitudes rather than their substance use behavior. This presentation also challenges what constitutes "evidence-based treatment" for this population. 

Daily Schedule

Saturday, April 9 - Preconference full-day seminars

Sunday, April 10 - Preconference half-day seminars (morning and afternoon), CCHP exam, exhibit hall open/welcome reception

Monday, April 11 - Educational breakfast, concurrent sessions, exhibit hall breaks and lunch

Tuesday, April 12 - Roundtable breakfast discussions, educational luncheon, concurrent, sessions, exhibit hall breaks and raffle

For a detailed schedule of events, see the On-Site Program or the Schedule at a Glance.


  • List major health care issues that commonly affect incarcerated individuals, including diabetes, hepatitis, HIV, hypertension, mental illness, oral health and substance abuse

  • Describe current legal, ethical and administrative issues and ways to prevent potential problems that arise in correctional settings

  • Employ new practices for the treatment of major health care issues in order to better manage common medical, nursing, dental and mental health problems found in correctional settings

  • Express increased understanding of common correctional health care issues by exchanging ideas with colleagues about new developments in specialty areas

Continuing Education Credit

This meeting will offer up to 26.75 hours of continuing education credit: 12.75 for the conference and 14.0 for the preconference seminars. 

To receive continuing education credit, log in on-site or from your home or office after the conference to https://orders.ncchc.org/evaluations.aspx.

CCHPs: Certified Correctional Health Professionals may earn up to 26.75 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 26.75 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 26.75 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 26.75 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 26.75 hours of credit.(See the 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 #886452976-2404) for 26.75 social work continuing education contact hours.

Nashville, all under one spectacular roof

All Spring Conference events take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN, 37214. To receive the special conference rate of $189 a night (single or double), make your reservation by March 14. Call 877-491-7397 or 888-777-6779, or reserve your room here ».

The lavish Gaylord Opryland is more than just a hotel, it’s an experience – featuring luxurious accommodations; nine acres of indoor gardens, waterfalls and an indoor river; a choice of 17 restaurants, cafes and lounges; three pools and fabulous shopping, all under a beautiful glass atrium ceiling. There’s no real need to leave the grounds to experience Nashville, but for those who want to, the Grand Ole Opry is a short 15-minute walk, and the hotel offers a variety of shuttle services to popular Nashville attractions.

ALERT: NCCHC has received reports that unauthorized companies may pose as the official housing vendors for the Spring Conference. These companies are not affiliated with NCCHC. For your own protection, please exercise caution when making hotel and travel arrangements with such entities. NCCHC only guarantees hotel room rate, availability, benefits and protection for reservations made through the Gaylord Opryland Resort. If you choose to book with an unauthorized vendor, please verify its credentials first and independently confirm that your reservations have been made and will be honored by directly contacting your chosen hotel.


Participation in NCCHC’s Certified Correctional Health Professional program is an investment in your future and a testament to your professionalism. 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 not only by participants but also by employers.

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

The CCHP, CCHP-RN, CCHP-MH and CCHP-P exams will be offered on Sunday, April 10, at 1 pm. Applications are due by Thursday, March 3. View the CCHP calendar

Tip: In past years, 98% of CCHP candidates who attended a Standards preconference seminar and took the exam the following day successfully passed the exam.

The CCHP application and exam are NOT included in your conference registration; they are separate activities. To apply, visit www.ncchc.org/CCHP.


Presentations are due: March 11, 2016

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


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 addressed, contact Deborah Ross 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 approximately 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 pt size or larger for most text and never smaller than 18 pt for any text. Please use the provided template. 

The organizations that allow NCCHC to offer continuing education require that NCCHC 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 for publication. 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.


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

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, please 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 and answers. 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 from the audience.

  • Update your email signature to include a message such as “NCCHC's Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care takes place April 19-12 in Nashville, www.ncchc.org/spring-conference.”
  • Provide information about the event and your presentation in your organization’s newsletters and other communications.
  • Place the show banner or logo on your organization’s website and/or as part of your email signature. It’s available on this website under “Exhibitor Information.”
  • Include the Spring Conference in your company calendar on your website.
  • Add information about the conference to your company intranet.
  • Use social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn to publicize your plans to present.
  • Develop and distribute a company press release.
  • Invite your colleagues and customers to visit you at the meeting. There’s still plenty of time to register.
  • Distribute PDFs of the conference preliminary program and on-site program to your colleagues and customers.
For more information, email Deborah Ross, Vice President of Education & Meetings, 773-880-1460, x-286.

Explore Nashville, A grand olE city

Nashville, the city that music calls home, is rapidly gaining popularity as one of the country's hottest destination spots. Bursting with culture, history and Southern charm, Nashville inspires visitors with its energy and hospitality. For country music lovers, nothing can beat Nashville, home of the famed Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame, but music lovers of all types will find something to please the ear in Music City. Travel and Leisure magazine calls it the friendliest city in America.

Check out these resources for some ideas of what to do and see during your stay.

Things to Do in Nashville

Music in Music City

Now Playing in Nashville

Great American Country's Top 10 Places to See, Shop and Eat in Nashville

Nashville Visitors Guide (request for printed version)

praise for the spring conference

This is what your peers said after the 2015 Spring Conference:

NCCHC's Spring Conference is always great for learning new skills and trends in correctional health care and brushing up on old ones. This year's conference exceeded expectations. I can't wait until 2016! 

Management in correctional medicine is encountering issues unheard of even 5 or 10 years ago. Our constant adaptation and never-ending learning to address those issues while maintaining morale, harmony, patient advocacy and productivity within our staff is in the forefront of our daily practice. It’s comforting to know we all share the same challenges, and have resources within the NCCHC family to share with and learn from.

As correctional leaders, we need to take better care of ourselves and our colleagues, so we can continue to do the good work we do. Coming to the NCCHC conference allows correctional health professionals to share their experiences in an environment that is supportive and encouraging.

The speakers were fantastic. I wrote several new treatments plans today while reading over notes I took at the conference. The conference covered the A-to-Zs of what is needed to remain successful at my job while simultaneously inspiring me to go higher.

I appreciate being among so many experts and people who love going to work.

Everything about this conference will help me do my job better and more efficiently. NCCHC provided a variety of sessions in all aspects of correctional health care, and allowed me to choose which ones best suited me. Being new to correctional health care, I also feel that I gained new insight into how best to deal with inmate’s needs, concerns and demands, all while working within my scope of practice. I look forward to returning in the future.

I am now better able to help educate those around me and continuously improve patient care and outcomes.

The NCCHC Spring Conference identified ways my facility can continue to improve, and it renewed my enthusiasm for correctional nursing. I returned to work full of knowledge and excitement to apply to my daily tasks. I would highly recommend the NCCHC conference for all types of correctional health staff.

Most important was the chance to network with leaders and colleagues in correctional medicine and share problems and solutions unique to our practice environment.

This conference was very eye-opening. I have only been a correctional nurse for about a year, and I am the only one at my facility. The wealth of knowledge the conference provided is  priceless. I learned that I am never alone in this field and that there are many others out there whose experience and expertise I can rely on when I need some guidance. I have a long way to go before I am the nurse I know I can be, but at least now I know where to start to make some changes.

All of the sessions I attended were an excellent balance of research-informed descriptions of topics with evidence-based examples of how to apply the topics in everyday practice.

"Prison health is public health" – that quote hit home. What we do matters. On a daily basis we take care of a population that will directly affect our communities. It is easy to lose sight of that in the day-to-day work. Meeting people from different settings (jails, prisons, detention centers) was a great learning experience. We may not all have the same facility, but the illnesses, issues and budgetary restraints we deal with are universal.

I really gained helpful insight into some nagging legal concerns I had; this helped me make decisions about how to change documentation to more clearly reflect patient care, particularly for difficult to manage patients.

I learned the importance of CQI and I immediately began emailing my supervisors identifying areas that needed to be changed.


Participate in the NCCHC Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care—one of the world’s largest gatherings of professionals and experts covering all aspects of correctional health care.

Attendees will come from all segments of the correctional health care community: administrators, medical and mental health directors, physicians, nurses, mental health professionals and more to share insights, find solutions and identify best practices.

Connect with more decision makers than you can in months of cold calling. Sign up for a cost-effective exhibition booth today!

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Special Thanks

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

Corporate Sponsors

The following companies provided funding in support of conference items and activities:

  • AbbVie – a product theater and reception
  • Corizon Health – an exhibit hall aisle sign
  • eClinicalWorks  an exhibit hall aisle sign
  • Gilead Sciences – hotel keycards
  • LabCorp  conference bags
  • MHM Correctional Services & Centurion LLC  the exhibit hall opening reception
  • NaphCare – the exhibit hall lunch and coffee tumblers, and an exhibit hall aisle sign
  • Wexford Health  attendee badge holders
Educational Grants

The following companies provided independent educational grants in support of conference programming:

  • AbbVie  educational session 110 on HCV
  • Alkermes  educational session 147 on schizophrenia
  • Gilead Sciences – support of Tuesday’s educational luncheon on HCV
  • Merck  support of Monday’s educational breakfast on HIV
  • Pfizer  educational session 152 on dementia