Position Statements


The National Commission's position statements express NCCHC's expert opinion on important issues that are not addressed in the Standards.

Along with the Standards, these statements may assist correctional facilities in designing policies and procedures. (Please see disclaimer at bottom of page.)

Administrative Management for People Living With HIV in Correctional Institutions (2020)
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Adolescent Sleep Hygiene (2019) html pdf
Breastfeeding in Correctional Settings (2018) html pdf
Charging Inmates a Fee for Health Care Services (2017) html pdf 
Competency for Execution (2017) html pdf 
Correctional Health Professionals’ Response to Abuse of Incarcerated People (2022) html pdf
COVID-19 Vaccination in Correctional Settings (2021) html pdf
Detention of Immigrant Children (2019) html pdf
Health Care Funding for Incarcerated Youth (2019) html pdf
Health Services Research in Correctional Settings (2020) html pdf
Health Services to Adolescents in Adult Correctional Facilities (2018) html pdf
Management of Noncancer Chronic Pain (2018) html pdf
Naloxone in Correctional Facilities for the Prevention of Opioid Overdose Deaths (2021) html pdf
Nonuse of Restraints for Pregnant and Postpartum Incarcerated Individuals (2020) html pdf
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Correctional Settings (2021) html pdf
Optimizing Insurance Coverage for Individuals Postrelease (2020)
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Prevention of Violence in Correctional Settings (2013) html pdf
Restrictive Housing in Juvenile Correctional Settings (2021) html pdf
Sharing of Patient Health Records Upon Release From Incarceration (2021) html pdf
Solitary Confinement (Isolation) (2016) html pdf
STI Testing for Adolescents and Adults Upon Admission to Correctional Facilities (2020) 
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Suicide Prevention and Management in Juvenile Correctional Settings (2019) html pdf
Transgender and Gender Diverse Health Care in Correctional Settings (2020) html pdf
Use of Humanizing Language in Correctional Health Care (2021) html pdf
Women's Health Care in Correctional Settings (2020) html pdf
















Important Disclaimer

Position statements that are approved by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care Governance Board are typically generated from NCCHC committees, comprised of experts in multiple disciplines. Once approved by the Governance Board, they become official positions and guidance of NCCHC. In no sense do they represent NCCHC standards. The applicability of position statements, as guidance for appropriate health services, must be determined by the relevant authorities considering all relevant circumstances. Adherence to these position statements will not ensure successful outcomes in every situation. As with all NCCHC guidance, position statements should not be deemed inclusive of all proper health services or methods of care, nor exclusive of other decisions reasonably directed to obtaining the same results. Position statements are not intended to and should not be treated as legal, medical, or business mandates. Statements are reviewed and, as necessary, revised at least every five years, or allowed to expire. An expired statement no longer represents NCCHC’s position. (rev. 3/11/21)