When correctional health administrators need assistance, they turn to NCCHC


Third-Party, Objective Assessment From The Organization That Writes The Standards For Correctional Health Care


Accreditation Provides:

  • Public recognition and tangible evidence of a standards-based system of care
  • More efficient, less costly operations
  • Reduced risk of adverse events
  • Decreased exposure to health care-related litigation and liability
  • Improved staff morale and satisfaction
  • Help recruiting and retaining quality health care professionals
  • Improved health status and outcomes
  • Reduced public health risks when incarcerated people the community

NCCHC Offers Three Types of Accreditation

Facility Health Services

  • Jails
  • Prisons
  • Juvenile Confinement Facilities

Mental Health Services in Correctional Facilities

Opioid Treatment Programs in Correctional Facilities

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NCCHC is Independent

The National Commission on Correctional Health Care has no membership or dues. NCCHC does not require any affiliation to be considered for accreditation, certification or employment as a consultant or surveyor, or to serve on committees or the board of directors. NCCHC staff and spouses are not allowed to accept gifts or consulting fees from those we accredit or certify. NCCHC is impartial, unbiased, expert and dedicated only to recognizing and fostering improvements to the field of correctional health care.


Accreditation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

NCCHC has received many questions about compliance with standards during the outbreak. The standards are an important tool to help you provide consistent quality care.

If priorities have to be revised, do the best you can and make sure that this action, or inaction, is an exception, not the norm.

Do not cut corners on items that affect patient care. Given the increased challenges of the epidemic, triaging will be of the utmost priority. Direct your teams accordingly.

When assessing compliance, surveyors look for trends. If the trend is showing an upward curve of compliance, generally, the committee will accept the actions being taken. If the trend is showing a downward spiral, corrective action will be necessary to bring the activity into compliance.

NCCHC surveyors are health care professionals. They will review the entire situation. Ensure that your technical response to the crisis is thoughtful and well documented.

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