NCCHC/Harvard Jail Health Care Study Seeks Facilities to Participate

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Posted Nov 16, 2020

NCCHC has partnered with researchers at Harvard University to study the effects of accreditation on health care delivery in jails and is inviting up to 40 facilities to participate.

The study will assess the impact of accreditation on jails’ health care systems and how accreditation affects care of the incarcerated. The NCCHC Standards for Health Services in Jails will be used as the basis for assessing proper management of care services.

Jails with an average daily population of 500 to 3,000 are invited to join the study. Participation involves completing surveys about facility characteristics and effects of the accreditation process on health care system and two or three virtual and/or on-site visits by the study team.

Participating facilities will receive $500 for each on-site visit, a confidential assessment of the health care delivery system, and a reduction in accreditation fees if accreditation is achieved during the study.

“Benefits of participating include becoming accredited at a reduced fee, improving health care processes, improving inmate health, and reducing the likelihood of adverse events and health-related lawsuits,” says Jim Martin, MPSA, CCHP, vice president of program development for NCCHC. “If we’ve learned nothing else from 2020, we’ve learned the importance of good correctional health care in our facilities. We invite you to use this as an opportunity to improve your operations.”

For more information, contact accredstudy@hks.harvard.edu by February 1, 2021.

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