Progress Report: Inmate Health Care Consolidation Progressing; Privatization Requires Agency Vigilance
Report 04-61, August 2004
- The Department of Corrections has initiated two cost containment measures recommended by OPPAGA: health care consolidation and privatization.
- The department now groups inmates by health care needs and operates eight specialized medical programs, including units for end-of-life, special care HIV, and diabetic self-care. Consolidation allows the department to more efficiently target resources and offer appropriate training to staff.
- The department reports that the privatization of health care in Region IV avoided costs of $4.6 million for Fiscal Year 2002-03. However, the quality of care provided by the vendor is problematic. The department should continue careful monitoring and contract enforcement so that the state does not become embroiled in another costly federal lawsuit.
- Transfer of inmates who become suicidal or have mental health crises from Region I to crisis stabilization units in other regions cost approximately $300,000 last year. The department should analyze the cost-effectiveness of its crisis stabilization unit locations and adjust or add to them as warranted.
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Progress Report: Corrections Program Still Challenged by Inmate Idleness, Prison Planning, and Fleet Maintenance
Report 04-60 August 2004
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