2014 Jail and Prison Standards Make Their Debut

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Newly revised, the 2014 Standards for Health Services for jails and prisons present NCCHC’s latest recommendations for managing health services delivery in adult correctional facilities throughout the nation. The standards were updated to reflect the latest evidence and best practices in meeting professional, legal and ethical requirements in delivering correctional health care services.

National correctional health care experts spent thousands of hours researching, evaluating and editing feedback from the field to ensure that NCCHC standards remain the most authoritative resources for correctional health care services. The new editions support facilities in achieving and maintaining compliance with NCCHC accreditation and constitutionally required correctional health care.

Notable updated topics include continuous quality improvement, clinical performance enhancement, patient safety, initial health assessment, pharmaceutical operations and women’s health. Many of these topics will be addressed in future editions of the magazine in the Spotlight on the Standards column.

The new Standards make their debut at NCCHC’s Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care, April 5-8 in Atlanta. The preconference seminars provide in-depth instruction about the jail and prison standards, with an emphasis on “what’s new” and how to achieve compliance. Seminar attendees receive a copy of the Standards as part of their registration fee.

The implementation date for the 2014 Standards is October 1, 2014. 

For facilities being accredited, note:

  • Facilities with on-site accreditation surveys scheduled on or before October 1, 2014, will have the choice of being surveyed under the 2008 edition or the 2014 edition of the standards. Facilities surveyed under the 2008 edition will be required to submit a plan to meet the 2014 standards by October 1, 2014
  • Facilities with on-site accreditation surveys scheduled after October 1, 2014 will be surveyed under the 2014 standards.

    Please contact the accreditation department for any questions regarding implementation of the new standards.

For the Certified Correctional Health Professional exam:

  • Exams conducted before or on October 1 will refer to the 2008 Standards.
  • Exams conducted after October 1 will refer to the 2014 Standards.  

Learn more about the Standards and place your order today.