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Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care 2017

April 29 - May 2, 2017

One of the largest educational gatherings in our field, NCCHC's Spring Conference is the place to be for networking, collaborating and problem-solving. Join us in Atlanta for an exceptional program that offers myriad opportunities to learn from experts, mingle with peers and return to work refreshed and ready to implement new solutions.

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Spring conference on correctional health care

Conference May 1-2 * Preconference Seminars April 29-30 * Exhibits April 30-May 2

NCCHC's Spring Conference brings together professionals from all aspects of correctional health care to learn and share. NCCHC has long been a pioneer in establishing correctional health care standards and helping thousands of correctional systems provide quality health services cost-effectively. Learn from respected authorities with a wealth of experience.


  • Targeted education from the nation’s leader in correctional health care education – the only organization dedicated solely to improving health care in the nation’s jails, prisons and juvenile facilities
  • Up to 26.5 hours of continuing education credit
  • Unparalleled networking with peers and experts from every segment of the correctional health care field: clinicians, administrators, staff and management
  • More than 50 sessions and preconference seminars to choose from
  • Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of correctional health care: chronic care, mental health, suicide prevention, oral health, crisis intervention, liability and more

Downloads:  Final Program  •  Schedule at a Glance  •  Preliminary Program

The quality of presentations on current topics was phenomenal! All of the speakers exceeded my expectations. I felt truly honored to be among such professionals!

—Sheryl Wamsley-Goldsmith, MPA, LCSW, CCHP-MH, County of Orange Health Care Agency


Register online to receive immediate confirmation and payment receipt. If you are new to our online registration system, you must first create your log-in and password. To register by mail or fax, please download this registration form.

Registration Rates

March 17

March 18 -
April 21


Conference registration*  $350 $410 $435
CCHP registration
(check your email for a
special discount code)
$325 $385 $410
One-day (Monday or Tuesday) $210 $235 $260
Preconference seminar: full day $195 $195  $195
Preconference seminar: half day $99 $99  $99
Guest or spouse
(exhibit hall events only)
$75  $75 $75
Speaker $200 $200 $225


* Members of the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals receive a discount of $25 on the early, regular and on-site rates. To join the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals, simply sign up when you register. This group is independent of NCCHC and the discount is offered as a courtesy.

Conference registration includes access to all conference events and educational sessions from Sunday evening through Tuesday, including roundtable discussions, any provided breakfasts or lunches and all exhibit hall events. One-day registration provides access to all events and sessions scheduled for that day. 


To be considered preregistered, your registration with full payment must be received by April 21. After this date, all registrations must be processed on-site. An on-site fee of $25 will apply.

Cancellation Policy

Notification of cancellation must be made in writing. Cancellations received by March 31 will be refunded less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations after March 31. Delegate substitutions are allowed at any time, but NCCHC must be notified in writing. Registrants who fail to attend the conference and do not notify NCCHC are responsible for full payment.

Funding Approval Tips
While the issues you face continue to grow in number and complexity, there’s no doubt that getting to a conference poses budget difficulties for many professionals in our field. Here are some ideas to get your approval on track so you can join your peers in Atlanta. 

Here is a sample of the 50-plus presentations:

  • Addiction to Self-Harm: Identification, Assessment and Treatment
  • ADHD Prevalence and Treatment Among Prison Inmates
  • Clinical Judgment for the Correctional Nurse
  • Emergency Protocols and EMR Order Sets for Nurses
  • Environmental Rounds: Breaking the Chain of Infection
  • Facilitating Change in TB Programs
  • Increasing Timely Access to Specialty Care
  • Preventive Medicine 2017
  • Relationship Between Aging and Frailty: Examining Risk Factors
  • Staff Misconduct and PREA: How Power Affects Employee Behavior
  • Vicarious Traumatization in Correctional Health Care Workers

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Daily Schedule

Saturday, April 29     Preconference full-day seminars
Sunday, April 30   Preconference half-day seminars (morning and afternoon),
CCHP exam, exhibit hall opening reception
Monday, May 1   Educational breakfast, concurrent sessions, exhibit hall breaks and lunch
Tuesday, May 2        Roundtable breakfast discussions, educational lunch,
concurrent sessions, exhibit hall breaks and raffle

Maximize Your Education

Full- and half-day preconference seminars offer excellent value, top instructors, access to all materials and up to 14 hours of CE credit. Full-day programs are $195. Half-day programs are $99. Sign up early to assure your spot. Separate registration and fee required.

saturday, APRIL 29, 9 am – 5 PM

P-01 An In-Depth Review of NCCHC’s 2014 Standards for Jails and Prisons
Richard Clarke, MD, CCHP-P, Consultant; Tracey Titus, RN, CCHP-RN, National Commission on Correctional Health Care

This seminar will discuss the 2014 Standards, which are NCCHC’s recommendations for managing medical and mental health care delivery in adult correctional facilities. The Standards are the foundation of NCCHC's accreditation program and the primary resource for the content of the CCHP examination. The Standards have the potential to reduce the costs of operations while providing a framework for improved patient care and outcomes. Whether or not your facility is accredited (or plans to be), this practical seminar will provide guidance on how to achieve and demonstrate compliance. CCHP candidates find this seminar particularly helpful as a refresher course the day before taking the exam. The registration fee includes a copy of the relevant Standards (jail or prison), an $80 value.

P-02 An In-Depth Review of NCCHC's 2015 Standards for Mental Health Services in Correctional Facilities
Judith Cox, MA, CCHP, JFC Consulting; Steven Helfand, PsyD, CCHP, Bleuler Psychotherapy Center

The 2015 edition of the groundbreaking Standards for Mental Health Services will be reviewed at this seminar. The Standards provide a framework for improved mental health care delivery and outcomes in adult correctional facilities. The foundation of NCCHC’s mental health accreditation program, these standards parallel those for health services in format and substance while making more explicit what the standards require for adequate delivery of mental health services. You will leave equipped to implement quality improvements that will lead to more efficient and effective delivery of services, better patient care, fewer adverse events and reduced liability risk. The registration fee includes a copy of the Mental Health Standards, an $80 value.

P-03 An In-Depth Review of NCCHC's 2015 Standards for Health Services in Juvenile Facilities
Joseph Penn, MD, CCHP, University of Texas Medical Branch; Steven Shelton, MD, CCHP-P, CCHP-A, Oregon Department of Corrections

This seminar will discuss the newly revised 2015 Juvenile Standards, NCCHC's recommendations for managing medical and mental health care delivery in juvenile detention and confinement facilities. edition of the groundbreaking Standards for Mental Health Services will be reviewed at this seminar. These Standards parallel those for health services in format and substance while making more explicit what the standards require for adequate delivery of health services for juveniles. You will leave equipped to implement quality improvements that will lead to more efficient and effective delivery of services, better patient care, fewer adverse events and reduced liability risk. The registration fee includes a copy of the Standards, an $80 value.

SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 9 aM – 12:30 PM

P-04 Continuous Quality Improvement: Strategies to Measure Change
Sharen Barboza, PhD, CCHP-MH, MHM Correctional Services

Effective continuous quality improvement programs will advance patient care, improve efficiencies in the delivery of medical and mental health services, help health professionals practice smarter, produce methods for analysis of outcomes and lead to objective analyses of areas that require improvement. A well-formulated CQI program also provides a format for a correctional system to effectively respond to litigation. Despite these benefits, health professionals often view CQI as an “accreditation requirement” rather than an essential component of the overall program. Participants in this seminar will gain appreciation for the clinical and administrative value of a comprehensive CQI program and learn how to implement a useful program.

P-05 Building an Ethics Toolbox: Strategies for Correctional Health Professionals
Thomas Fagan, PhD, CCHP-MH, Consultant; Mark Fleming, PhD, CCHP-MH, Corizon Health; Joel Andrade, PhD, LICSW, MHM Correctional Services

As a general principle, the ethical guidelines governing correctional mental health care should be the same as those standards in the community. But there is no doubt that balancing security and treatment needs in a prison or jail can create role ambiguities and ethics-related concerns for correctional health professionals. From breaching confidentiality for rule violations to participation in disciplinary hearings and competency evaluations, correctional mental health professionals often struggle with the custody–treatment conflict in their perceived dual agent role. It is essential, therefore, that mental health professionals have a fundamental understanding of the prevailing ethical standards and guidelines to inform their decision making in correctional settings. Following an overview of the pertinent standards and guidelines, this workshop will use case vignettes to highlight ethical concerns, dispel misbeliefs and increase competency in ethical decision making.

sunday, april 30, 1:30 pm - 5 pm

P-06 Suicide Prevention and Liability Reduction
Lindsay Hayes, MS, National Center on Institutions and Alternatives

Suicide continues to be a leading cause of death in correctional facilities. These deaths represent a serious public health problem to correctional, medical and mental health administrators as well as their staff. Many of these deaths are preventable. This preconference seminar will provide an overview of inmate suicide and offer guiding principles for suicide prevention and critical components to developing and/or revising suicide prevention policies.

P-07 Diagnostic Maneuvers You May Have Missed in Nursing School
Marc Stern, MD, MPH, University of Washington School of Public Health

This seminar is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of nurses who perform nursing assessments. The intended learning outcome is deeper understanding of the physical assessment. This session will discuss appropriate performance and interpretation of selected maneuvers used in evaluation of the pulmonary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiovascular (including vital signs) systems, selected because nurses often are not familiar with them or perform them incorrectly. This interactive, hands-on training will provide the necessary maneuvers to perform daily activities more effectively.

Daily Schedule

Saturday, April 29 - Preconference full-day seminars

Sunday, April 30 - Preconference half-day seminars (morning and afternoon), CCHP exam, exhibit hall opening reception

Monday, May 1 - Plenary session, concurrent sessions, exhibit hall breaks and lunch

Tuesday, May 2 - Roundtable breakfast discussions, educational luncheon, concurrent, sessions, exhibit hall breaks and raffle

For a detailed schedule of events, see the Final Program or the Schedule at a Glance.


  • List major health care issues that commonly affect incarcerated individuals, including diabetes, hepatitis, HIV, hypertension, mental illness, oral health and substance abuse

  • Describe current legal, ethical and administrative issues and ways to prevent potential problems that arise in correctional settings

  • Employ new practices for the treatment of major health care issues in order to better manage common medical, nursing, dental and mental health problems found in correctional settings

  • Express increased understanding of common correctional health care issues by exchanging ideas with colleagues about new developments in specialty areas

Continuing Education Credit

This meeting will offer up to 26.5 hours of continuing education credit: 12.5 for the conference and 14 for the preconference seminars. 

To receive continuing education credit, you will need to log in on-site or from your home or office after the conference.

CCHPs: Certified Correctional Health Professionals may earn up to 26.5 contact hours of Category I continuing education for recertification.

Dentists: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. NCCHC designates this activity for 26.5 continuing education credits.

Nurses: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
NCCHC designates this educational activity for a maximum of 26.5 contact hours.

Physicians: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NCCHC designates this live activity for a maximum of 26.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NCCHC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This educational activity has been approved for up to 26.5 hours of credit. (See the Schedule at a Glance for sessions that have been approved for APA credit.)

Social Workers: This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886452976-4896) for 26.5 social work continuing education contact hours.


All Spring Conference events take place at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree Street NE, in Atlanta. To receive the special conference rate of $169 a night (plus tax, single or double), make your reservation by April 12. Call 888-421-1442, or reserve your room here ».

Set in a high-rise with a landmark blue dome, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta is one of America’s premier conference venues and one of Atlanta’s top luxury hotels. Located in the heart of downtown, the sleek hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Georgia Aquarium and conveniently located near Centennial Olympic Park, the CNN Center and other Atlanta attractions. It features a chic rotating restaurant, a 22nd-story bar, a down-to-earth Southern restaurant and a 24/7 coffee shop, as well as a fitness center and an outdoor pool. From the dramatic atrium to the comforts of your room, you’ll find everything you need to feel right at home after a busy day of education and networking.

The hotel is connected to the MARTA transit system for easy access to Atlanta's neighborhoods and attractions.

ALERT: Unauthorized companies may pose as the official housing vendors for this conference. For your own protection, please exercise caution when making hotel and travel arrangements with such entities. NCCHC only guarantees hotel room rate, availability, benefits and protection for reservations made through the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. If you choose to book with an unauthorized vendor, please verify its credentials first and independently confirm that your reservations have been made and will be honored by directly contacting your chosen hotel.


Participation in NCCHC’s Certified Correctional Health Professional program is an investment in your future and a testament to your professionalism. Certification recognizes the mastery of national standards and the knowledge expected of leaders in this complex, specialized field. The CCHP credential is a symbol of achievement and leadership, and is highly valued not only by participants but also by employers.

Learn more about CCHP now, including the specialty certifications for mental health professionals, nurses and physicians, as well as advanced certification.  

The CCHP, CCHP-RN, CCHP-MH and CCHP-P exams will be offered on Sunday, April 30 at 1 pm. Applications are due by Thursday, March 23. View the CCHP calendar

Tip: In past years, more than 98% of CCHP candidates who attended a Standards preconference seminar and took the exam the following day successfully passed the exam.

The CCHP application and exam are NOT included in your conference registration; they are separate activities. To apply, visit www.ncchc.org/CCHP.


Presentations are due: March 31, 2017

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Fill out the Speaker Disclosure Form »

Your presentation for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care is one of the most important means of exchanging information among correctional health professionals. These guidelines will help make your presentation as effective as possible.


The time allotment for most sessions is one hour. Please do not go over your allotted time because it will disrupt the program schedule. Plan your talk to allow 10 minutes for questions. (Adjust accordingly if your session is more than one hour.) If you have special needs for your presentation that have not already been addressed, contact Deborah Ross at deborahross@ncchc.org.

Plan to speak slowly and clearly so that everyone can understand you, especially if you discuss a topic not covered in your visual presentation materials. As a rough guideline, you should allow for approximately 2-3 minutes per slide. Therefore, we recommend that you prepare no more than 12-20 slides for a 50-minute talk. An introductory slide should show the title of your presentation, your name with credentials and your affiliation.

Because the session rooms can be much larger than typical conference rooms, use large, well-spaced type on your slides and allow space for the border around the image. Each slide should contain a maximum of 8 to 10 lines of type, preferably 24 point size or larger for most text and never smaller than 18 points. Please use the provided template. 

The organizations that allow NCCHC to offer continuing education require that NCCHC keep copies of presentation materials. In addition, conference attendees are entitled to receive presentation materials for every session, so you must provide NCCHC with an electronic copy of your slides. Please send your presentation materials to toyinalaka@ncchc.org by March 31. Otherwise, it is your responsibility to provide presentation handouts, typically 100 copies per session. A copy of those handouts also should be provided to NCCHC.


Arrive at your session room 10 minutes before the talk is scheduled to begin to discuss any special arrangements or problems with the session moderator. Please check the audiovisual equipment you will be using.

Before your talk, the moderator will introduce you, giving, at minimum, your name, professional affiliation and presentation title. If you would like additional information to be shared with the audience, please communicate that to your moderator.

Always speak into your microphone, and when someone asks a question, repeat it succinctly. Please refrain from making comments that could be perceived by others to be disparaging to the profession of correctional health care or the patients we serve.

Remember, you typically will have a maximum of 50 minutes for your entire presentation plus 10 minutes for questions and answers. Your moderator will signal you when you have approximately 10 minutes remaining. Your moderator may interrupt you, if necessary, to allow adequate time for questions from the audience.

  • Update your email signature to include a message such as “NCCHC's Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care takes place April 30-May 2 in Atlanta, www.ncchc.org/spring-conference.”
  • Use social media to publicize your plans to present, using the hashtag #ncchcSC17. Tag @ncchc on Twitter, and follow NCCHC on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • Share information about the event and your presentation in your organization’s newsletters and other communications.
  • Place the show banner or logo on your organization’s website and/or as part of your email signature. It’s available on this website under “Exhibitor Information.”
  • Include the Spring Conference in your company calendar on your website.
  • Add information about the conference to your company intranet.
  • Develop and distribute a company press release.
  • Invite your colleagues and customers to visit you at the meeting. There’s still plenty of time to register.
  • Distribute PDFs of the conference preliminary program and final program to your colleagues and customers.
For more information, email Deborah Ross, Vice President of Education & Meetings, 773-880-1460, ext. 286.

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praise for the spring conference

This is what your peers said about the 2016 Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care:

The content was excellent. Very informative and supportive discussions in all the breakout sessions. I really enjoyed the review of the NCCHC standards.

What I learned gave me confidence that I can provide quality care with kindness, fairness and consistency.

I was reminded of the compassion that still exists in this world and why I have chosen to make a career in correctional health!

The conference enhanced my medical knowledge and how it relates to correctional medicine. It was helpful to hear how other health care professionals handled barriers and how many of those barriers are universal in correctional medicine.

The NCCHC Spring Conference provided me with the opportunity to see the big picture of correctional health care, its many facets and the unique perspectives of individuals working in the field.

I learned what others did in their correctional settings and what I could bring back to my facility to educate my fellow coworkers on certain issues. I came out of the conference empowered to mentor and encourage other people.

I always enjoy the Spring Conference. It's an intimate learning environment where you can really discuss new ideas with colleagues from around the country, many of whom I've kept in touch with throughout the year. Plus I get to visit different cities that I've never been to before!

It was beneficial to see how others are dealing with the same issues I encounter daily. It gave me insight into how they are moving forward and encouraged me that I am on the right path.

The NCCHC Spring Conference was the first correctional conference I ever attended. It was empowering to meet people that are as passionate as me – if not more – about corrections. I look forward to the next conference!

Your presentations will allow me to perform more efficiently and return to my work with renewed enthusiasm. I look forward to future educational opportunities provided by NCCHC. Thanks to all the staff, speakers and your team.

My overall experience at the conference was excellent. I walked away with a better understanding of the standards and, as such, I will be making changes at my facilities.

For someone who has been working as a therapist in a jail facility, without any formal education in correctional mental health care, this conference was just what I needed to learn what I needed to know about mental health and suicide prevention in the correctional setting.

Going over the individual standards and listening to what class members had to say was invaluable. When the audience participates, they may give you something to think about that you may not have considered before. There is no other forum in which you can learn from what others have experienced in such a short amount of time.

In my opinion this knowledge is priceless. To top it off, networking with other professionals and providers has broadened my "corrections family."


Participate in the NCCHC Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care—one of the world’s largest gatherings of professionals and experts covering all aspects of correctional health care.

Attendees will come from all segments of the correctional health care community: administrators, medical and mental health directors, physicians, nurses, mental health professionals and more to share insights, find solutions and identify best practices.

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Special Thanks

The following companies have made generous grants and sponsorship investments to help support this event.

Corporate Sponsors

The following companies provided funding in support of conference items and activities:

  • Alkermes – an exhibit hall aisle sign
  • CFG Health Systems registration desk pens
  • Corizon Health – an exhibit hall aisle sign
  • Gilead Sciences – hotel keycards
  • LabCorp  conference bags
  • MHM Correctional Services & Centurion LLC  the exhibit hall opening reception
  • NaphCare – the exhibit hall lunch and coffee tumblers, and an exhibit hall aisle sign
  • Wexford Health Sources  attendee badge holders
Educational Grants

The following companies provided independent educational grants in support of conference programming:

  • AbbVie  educational session on HCV
  • Merck Monday’s educational breakfast on HCV