Q and A 680x510 1Nov 18, 2022

Standards Q & A: RHA vs. Facility Administrator



Q: I work in a jail, and I am confused about something. Who is the facility administrator? Is it the same person as the responsible health authority?

A: This question comes up periodically; you are not alone in your confusion.

The two roles are not the same person. The facility administrator is a custody-specific role, generally the top custody administrator (for instance, the warden or chief) who is specifically assigned to oversee facility operations. The responsible health authority (RHA) is a health services-specific role, generally the top health services person (for instance, the health services administrator or nursing supervisor) who is assigned to oversee health services operations. There are instances in which the RHA is a company (a private health services vendor), an agency (a local health department), or a regional- or corporate-level person (usually for small sites that do not have an on-site nursing supervisor). In these instances, the RHA must be designated to be on-site at least weekly. 

Wendy Habert, MBA, CCHP, is NCCHC’s director of accreditation. Send your standards-related questions to [email protected]

From CorrectCare Volume 36, Issue 2, Fall 2022

Related News

Hands reaching out

Emotional Health in Corrections

Working with the incarcerated population in a challenging environment is no easy task.
CCHP PR

‘Se habla español’: CCHP Program in Puerto Rico

NCCHC reps traveled to Puerto Rico to provide training and administer the CCHP exam.
covid virus 680x510 1

New CDC Guidance for COVID-19 in Corrections

The Centers for Disease Control has updated its Guidance on Management of COVID-19 in