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Progress Report: Inmate Health Care Consolidation Progressing; Privatization Requires Agency Vigilance, Report No. 04-61, August 2004
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  • 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.  

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 00-23 Review of the Department of Corrections, published in December 2000.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Corrections
Health Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-13 State’s Drug Courts Could Expand to Target Prison-Bound Adult Offenders, published in March 2009.
  • Report No. 09-07 Steps to Control Prison Inmate Health Care Costs Have Begun to Show Savings,published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 04-60 Progress Report: Corrections Program Still Challenged by Inmate Idleness, Prison Planning, and Fleet Maintenance, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 04-59 Progress Report: Corrections Education and Rehabilitative Programs Significantly Reduced, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 04-58 Progress Report: More Efficient Use of Probation Officers and Prioritization of Victim Restitution Needed, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 96-22 Review of Inmate Health Services Within the Department of Corrections, published in November 1996.

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