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) – view pdf

Adolescent Sleep Hygiene (2019) – view pdf

Breastfeeding in Correctional Settings (2018) – view pdf

Competency for Execution (2017) – view pdf 

Correctional Health Professionals’ Response to Inmate Abuse (2022) – view pdf

COVID-19 Vaccination in Correctional Settings (2021) – view pdf

Detention of Immigrant Children (2019) – view pdf

Health Care Funding for Incarcerated Youth (2019) – view pdf

Eliminating Financial Assessments for Health Care Services During Incarceration (2022 – formerly Charging Inmates a Fee for Health Care Services) – view pdf

Health Services Research in Correctional Settings (2020) – view pdf

Health Services to Adolescents in Adult Correctional Facilities (2018) – view pdf

Management of Noncancer Chronic Pain (2018) – view pdf

Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (2022) – view pdf

Naloxone in Correctional Facilities for the Prevention of Opioid Overdose Deaths (2021) – view pdf

Nonuse of Restraints for Pregnant and Postpartum Incarcerated Individuals (2020) – view pdf

Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Correctional Settings (2021) – view pdf

Optimizing Insurance Coverage for Individuals Postrelease (2020) – view pdf

Prevention of Violence in Correctional Settings (2013) – view pdf

Restrictive Housing in Juvenile Correctional Settings (2021) – view pdf

Sharing of Patient Health Records Upon Release From Incarceration (2021) – view pdf

Solitary Confinement (Isolation) (2016) – view pdf

STI Testing for Adolescents and Adults Upon Admission to Correctional Facilities (2020) – view pdf

Suicide Prevention and Management in Juvenile Correctional Settings (2019) – view pdf

Transgender and Gender Diverse Health Care in Correctional Settings (2020) – view pdf

Trauma-Responsive Care for Youths in Correctional Facilities (2022) – view pdf 

Use of Humanizing Language in Correctional Health Care (2021) – view pdf

Women’s Health Care in Correctional Settings (2020) – view 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)