Health Care Liaison


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Our facility has health staff on-site 19 hours a day, seven days a week. Does the Health Care Liaison standard (C-08) apply to us?

No. According to the standard, a designated, trained health care liaison coordinates the health services delivery in the facility on those days when no qualified health care professionals are available for 24 hours. The intent of this standard is that health care service continues to be coordinated when health staff are not available for an extended period of time. The presence of a qualified health care professional for any part of 24 hours eliminates the need for a designated health care liaison post for those 24 hours. However, there still must be a plan in place that tells custody staff what to do when a health situation arises when health staff are not present (compliance indicator #2).
— From CorrectCare Volume 31, Issue 1, Winter 2017