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NCCHC Resources, Inc., provides technical and strategic consulting services to all types of correctional health systems and programs. 

With its roots in the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, NCCHC Resources offers unparalleled breadth, depth, experience and perspective to tackle the intricacies of this complex field. Our customers seek training, strategic guidance, subject matter expertise and technical assistance with health care-related issues. Recent projects include:

  • Comprehensive review of health care services with targeted recommendations for improvement
  • Focused analysis of nonemergency health care services at a high-security prison
  • Assessment of a large jail system's readiness for an accreditation survey, including on-site assessments at the system’s many sites and crucial feedback
  • Development of large and complex RFPs for health services

One county jail made a smart move in the fight against opioid addiction: The Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center hired NCCHC Resources to teach staff members about medication-assisted treatment in the correctional setting.

The all-day, interactive training seminar at the North Charleston, SC, jail included information on the scope of the opioid problem, the role of MAT in treatment and approaches to MAT. The presenters also provided an in-depth review of NCCHC’s Standards for Opioid Treatment Programs in Correctional Facilities and explained how to establish a successful OTP using the Standards.

With an average daily population around 1,300, Al Cannon is not a huge jail. The leadership knows, however, how important it is for the staff to understand the most current thinking in how to treat inmates with opioid use disorder. “With the increase in opioid use in our community and the great risk for return to use or overdose after release from detention, we feel it is critical that MAT be implemented in the detention center,” says Chanda Brown, PhD, LMSW, director of the Charleston Center, the county’s public health provider. “It’s the right thing to do medically and it could potentially save lives.”

NCCHC is the only corrections-specific organization that is federally authorized to accredit opioid treatment programs.

specialized correctional expertise

When Navigant Consulting needed to conduct a benchmarking study of costs in correctional health care systems, the firm turned to NCCHC Resources for its unique expertise.

Seeking state-to-state comparisons of correctional health care practices, staffing and utilization of services, Navigant, a large health care consulting firm, enlisted NCCHC Resources for specialized correctional knowledge, perspective and insight. Our expertise and Navigant’s robust health care analytic skills combined to create a comprehensive study of information from seven state departments of corrections. Our consultants facilitated communications with those states’ DOCs, developed a detailed data request and partnered with Navigant in the fact-gathering interviews.

The study included detailed information and data on health-care staffing and costs; health care utilization by inmates; use of telemedicine to treat patients; private vendors used to provide medical, behavioral health and pharmacy services; electronic health record system use; pharmacy models and costs; and hepatitis C treatment guidelines.

Says Navigant Managing Director Catherine Sreckovich, “NCCHC Resources was an invaluable partner, providing the necessary expertise and credibility to our efforts to collect information from states around the country.”