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County detention centers earn health accreditation

POSTED May 1, 2014 5:44 p.m.

The health care services at the Stanislaus County adult detention facilities and juvenile hall have both been awarded two-year accreditations by the Institute for Medical Quality for meeting medical and mental health standards for corrections and detentions health care. 

To receive accreditation facilities undergo a rigorous evaluation by practicing healthcare professionals including physicians, registered nurses, and mental health clinicians with experience in corrections and detentions health care. The standards cover 62 aspects of care, including administration, personnel, care and treatment, medication management, health records, and legal and ethical issues.

 "The facilities, staff and the local community all benefit when the health care in these facilities is found to meet standards developed by the healthcare profession,” said Institute for Medical Quality Board of Trustee Chair, Dr. John Kusske. “Implementation of these standards results in more effective health care delivery, greater cost efficiency and better overall health protection for the community." 

MQ’s correctional health program began in 1979, under the California Medical Association by offering on-site review and consultation to California jails seeking national accreditation. Since then, IMQ has expanded its services to include accreditation surveys, annual Title 15 inspections, consultations, and training for jail and juvenile hall custody and healthcare staffs. There are currently 58 county jail and juvenile hall systems in California, 24 of which have received accreditation. 

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