Bernard P. Harrison Award of Merit


NCCHC’s highest honor, this award is presented to an individual or group that has demonstrated excellence and service that has advanced the correctional health care field, either through an individual project or a history of service. The award is named after NCCHC’s cofounder and first president.

David W. Roush, PhD, LCP

For leadership, support and advocacy in advancing the field of correctional health care


A nationally recognized expert and leader in his field, Dr. Roush has earned high accolades for his innovative programs to treat juveniles involved in the justice system and to prepare them for successful reentry to their home communities.

Dr. Roush has directed many programs, published countless works, taught, trained, counseled, consulted, mentored and researched -- all in the service of youth who find themselves in serious trouble. His experience includes projects in more than 250 juvenile detention and corrections institutions in 49 states.

Currently Dr. Roush is an adjunct specialist in juvenile justice at Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice. He recently retired after 10 years as a compliance monitor for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

NCCHC Chief Executive Officer Deborah Ross, CCHP, says, “Dr. Roush has a keen understanding of the critical role a good health care system plays in a correctional setting. As liaison to the NCCHC Board from the National Partnership for Juvenile Services, he has been instrumental in helping NCCHC develop policies and standards for juvenile health care that reflect the most up-to-date practices in juvenile corrections.”

Dr. Roush retired from the NCCHC Board of Directors this month after serving since 1991. He served continuously on the Juvenile Health Committee, and provided invaluable expertise in the periodic updates of the Standards for Health Services in Juvenile Detention and Confinement Facilities.

 David Roush and Family

Dr. David Roush with his family