NCCHC Honors Casper Re-Entry Center as 2014 Facility of the Year
The Casper Re-Entry Center, Casper, WY, has been honored as the R. Scott Chavez Facility of the Year by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. The award recognizes accredited correctional facilities that have demonstrated excellence in health services delivery and correctional health care professionalism. This year, the Casper Re-Entry Center stood out from nearly 500 eligible jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities. Named after NCCHC’s longtime vice president, a champion of accreditation, the award was presented Oct. 20 during the opening ceremony of NCCHC’s National Conference on Correctional Health Care in Las Vegas, NV.
The Casper Re-Entry Center is a private drug and alcohol treatment facility for males operated by Community Education Centers, Inc., which provides reentry treatment and education services for adult correctional populations. A 100-bed unit houses Wyoming state prisoners who have been court ordered to receive treatment before parole. Separately, a 50-bed unit houses Native Americans from across the country who have been ordered to participate in CRC’s residential treatment program. Although these two populations have separate programs and personnel, the common thread is the comprehensive, individualized care provided by the CRC health services department. The NCCHC surveyor who nominated CRC for this award lauded its commitment to providing “customized, focused, personal attention and responsiveness” to each resident.
“We are delighted to honor the Casper Re-Entry Center for its demonstrated dedication to national standards, health care and improvement in outcomes for its residents,” said Thomas L. Joseph, MPS, CAE, NCCHC’s president and CEO. “Together, the individualized programs and services help the residents to maintain healthy, drug- and alcohol-free lifestyles upon reentry.”
EDITOR NOTE: Photos are available from the presentation ceremony.
About the National Commission on Correctional Health Care
NCCHC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization working to improve the quality of care in our nation’s jails, prisons, and juvenile detention and confinement facilities. NCCHC establishes standards for health services in correctional facilities; operates a voluntary accreditation program for institutions that meet these standards; produces and disseminates resource publications; conducts educational trainings and conferences; and offers a certification program for correctional health professionals. NCCHC is supported by the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections. Each of these organizations has named a liaison to the NCCHC Board of Directors.
NCCHC Supporting Organizations: Academy of Correctional Health Professionals, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, American Association of Public Health Physicians, American Bar Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Neuropsychiatrists, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Correctional Health Services Association, American Counseling Association, American Dental Association, American Health Information Management Association, American Jail Association, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Pharmacists Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology, National Association of Counties, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Social Workers, National Medical Association, National Partnership for Juvenile Services, National Sheriffs’ Association, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and Society of Correctional Physicians.
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Jaime Shimkus, Editor, NCCHC, 1145 Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60614