Sheriff Brad DeLay is please to announce the institution of a new health care program at the Lawrence County Jail designed to raise the standard of inmate care while containing costs, despite an economy where expenses keep increasing.
The comprehensive program, which lowers health care costs at the jail, has been implemented in more than 200 jails in the Midwest and South. It focuses on improving the quality of care delivered in the correctional setting, as well as enhancing the overall health of detainees through the use of appropriate medications and counseling. With this mission at the forefront, chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and hypertension, are better managed upon the inmate's release into the community. In fact, the program has been shown to provide better health care to those incarcerated than by seeing their regular physician. This is a major advantage in the care of chronic disease and for tracking infectious disease in the community.
With an average daily population of 30 inmates, the program will provide the Lawrence County Jail with physician and management services.
Not only does Sheriff DeLay want an outstanding jail health care program, he is also looking for ways to save valuable taxpayer dollars -- the new program he has selected helps accomplish both. With this program, the county offices can buy items at a reduced rate by taking advantage of a discount pricing program. The program includes thousands of manufacturers and distributors an the county can benefit from the tremendous savings in common cost areas such as food and office supplies.
The new provider, Advanced Correctional Health care (ACH), offers services to 212 clients in 17 states. ACH starts its services at the Lawrence County Jail March 1, 2012.