Guidelines, Management Tools, White Papers


NCCHC offers a wealth of resources to help correctional health professionals improve the care delivered in jails, prisons and juvenile facilities.

This repository provides valuable information from experts in a variety of topics. Appendices formerly published in the NCCHC Standards for Health Services are now posted here to allow for timely updates. Resources continue to be added as they are available. Also see selected Federal Clinical Guidelines, as well as Reference Works for purchase from other publishers.

Correctional Nursing
• Nurses' Scope of Practice and Delegation Authority (white paper)

Dental Care
• Guidelines for a Correctional Dental Health Care System (former Standards appendix)

Infectious Disease
• Control of Measles in a Custodial Setting (CorrectCare article)

Juvenile Health
• Teen Immunization Education Sessions – Immunizations for Adolescents in the Juvenile Justice System (Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics)
• Youth With a Terminal Diagnosis: Tips for Appropriate Management and Care (CorrectCare article)

Legal Issues
• Thirty Years After Estelle v. Gamble: A Legal Retrospective (Journal of Correctional Health Care)

• Correctional Health Care: Guidelines for the Management of an Adequate Delivery System (National Institute of Corrections, 2001)

Mental Health
• Diagnosis and Treatment of Persons With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Within the Jails and Juvenile Facilities of the United States Criminal Justice System: Why It Matters (white paper)
• Guidelines for Successful Transition of People With Mental or Substance Use Disorders From Jail and Prison: Implementation Guide (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
• Mental Health Considerations for Segregated Inmates (former Standards appendix)
• Also see NCCHC’s Position Statement: Competency for Execution »

• Therapeutic Diet Guidelines for Correctional Institutions (former Standards appendix)

Patient Safety
• Patient Safety (white paper)

Quality Improvement
• Continuous Quality Improvement (former Standards appendix)

Solitary Confinement (Isolation, Segregation or Restrictive Housing)
• Reducing the Use of Isolation (Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators Toolkit)
• Stop Solitary for Kids (Stop Solitary for Kids position statement)
• Use of Restrictive Housing in U.S. Prisons and Jails, 2011-12 (BJS Report)
• Also see NCCHC’s Position Statement: Solitary Confinement (Isolation) »

Substance Abuse
• 42 CFR 8 - Certification of Opioid Treatment Programs (Code of Federal Regulations)
• Guide to Developing and Revising Alcohol and Opioid Detoxification Protocols (former Standards appendix)
Guidelines for Successful Transition of People With Mental or Substance Use Disorders From Jail and Prison: Implementation Guide (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
• Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Save Lives: Consensus Study Report (National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine)
   - Highlights
   - Conclusions
• Jail-Based Medication-Assisted Treatment: Promising Practices, Guidelines, and Resources (NCCHC and National Sheriffs' Association)
• Managing Opiate Withdrawal: The WOWS Method (CorrectCare article + protocol)
• Standards of Care for the Addiction Specialist Physician (American Society of Addiction Medicine)
• Also see NCCHC’s Position Statement: Naloxone in Correctional Settings for the Prevention of Opioid Overdose Deaths »
• Also see NCCHC’s Position Statement: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Adults and Adolescents »

Suicide Prevention
• Controversial Issues in Suicide Prevention (CorrectCare article)
• Guide to Developing and Revising Suicide Prevention Protocols Within Jails and Prisons (former Standards appendix)
• Psychological Autopsy or Reconstruction (former Standards appendix)
• Also see NCCHC’s Position Statement: Suicide Prevention and Management in Juvenile Correctional Settings »

Women’s Health
• Joint Statement on the Federal Role in Restricting the Use of Restraints on Incarcerated Women and Girls during Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum Recovery (pdf)
• Pregnancy and Postpartum Care (white paper - update with ACOG endorsement)
• Also see NCCHC’s Position Statement: Restraint of Pregnant Inmates »
• Also see NCCHC’s Position Statement: Women's Health Care in Correctional Settings »