Standards: A framework for quality
When it comes to delivering quality care in correctional settings, the NCCHC Standards provide the framework to ensure that systems, policies and procedures are in place to produce the best outcomes in the most cost-efficient and effective manner.
Developed by leading experts in the fields of health, law and corrections, the Standards are our recommendations for managing the delivery of medical and mental health care in correctional systems. These essential resources have guided the field toward continual improvement of care for the incarcerated, strengthening organizational effectiveness and reducing the risk of adverse legal judgments. The Standards are also the foundation of NCCHC's accreditation program.
All five editions — for jails, prisons, juvenile facilities, mental health services and opioid treatment programs — have a strong focus on quality and outcomes and offer flexibility in how to achieve results. The first of their kind when they were introduced nearly four decades ago, the Standards are updated periodically in keeping with the best contemporary practices.
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- Standards for Health Services in Jails
- Standards for Health Services in Prisons
- Standards for Health Services in Juvenile Detention and Confinement Facilities
- Standards for Mental Health Services in Correctional Facilities
- Standards for Opioid Treatment Programs in Correctional Facilities
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