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Controlling TB In Correctional Institutions (1995)

National Commission on Correctional Health Care
2105 N. Southport
Chicago, Illinois 60614-4017
(312) 528-0818
Fax: (312) 528-4915

About the National Commission on Correctional Health Care
The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to improving the quality of care in our nation's jails, prisons, and juvenile detention and confinement facilities. The Commission is supported by thirty-six national organizations representing the fields of health, law, and corrections, including the American Medical Association (AMA); the American Bar Association; the American Public Health Association; the National Sheriff's Association; and the American Association of Public Health Physicians.

In the early 1970s, the AMA studied the conditions of health care in jails. Finding inadequate health services and a lack of national standards that left many correctional institutions' health care in disarray, the AMA, in collaboration with other organizations, established a program that eventually, in the early 1980s, became the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. The National Commission was the only organization of its kind to study and formulate policy for a floundering area clearly in need of assistance.

Today, the National Commission's leadership in setting standards for health services and improving health care in correctional facilities is widely recognized. NCCHC's Standards for Health Services are written for prisons, jails, and juvenile detention and confinement facilities. The standards represent NCCHC's recommended minimum requirements for the management of a correctional health services system, covering the general areas of administration, personnel, care and treatment, health records, and medical-legal issues. The standards have helped the nation's correctional and detention facilities increase the efficiency of their health services delivery; strengthen their organizational effectiveness; improve the overall health protection of their inmates and staff; and reduce their risk of adverse legal judgments.

The National Commission continues to be the only organization devoted solely to establishing standards, providing technical assistance to correctional health care providers, and developing and publishing research on the correctional health care field. In addition to the institutional support that it provides, NCCHC has developed several programs to foster professionalism in this field. The Commission operates the national certification program for correctional health professionals; sponsors major conferences on correctional health care; provides a variety of educational trainings; and has published numerous support texts. Finally, NCCHC aids both individuals and institutions through its technical assistance programs that are designed to review the overall health services at an institution and provide consultation in such areas as staffing patterns, utilization review, trend analysis, and quality assurance and improvement.

National Commission on Correctional Health Care
2105 N. Southport
Chicago, Illinois 60614-4017
(312) 528-0818
Fax: (312) 528-4915

Supporting Organizations
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Physician Assistants
American Academy of Psychiatry & the Law
American Association of Medical Specialties
American Association of Public Health Physicians
American Bar Association
American College of Emergency Physicians
American College of Healthcare Executives
American College of Neuropsychiatrists
American College of Physicians
American Correctional Health Services Association
American Counseling Association
American Dental Association
American Diabetes Association
American Dietetic Association
American Health Information Management Association
American Jail Association
American Medical Association
American Nurses Association
American Osteopathic Association
American Pharmaceutical Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
American Public Health Association
American Society for Addiction Medicine
John Howard Association
National Association of Counties
National Association of County Health Officials
National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges
National District Attorneys Association
National Juvenile Detention Association
National Medical Association
National Sheriffs' Association
The Society for Adolescent Medicine


Released October 2008
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