1. Santa Barbara County Jail Awarded Accreditation from National Commission on Correctional Health Care

    Santa Barbara, Calif. – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that it has earned accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care by demonstrating compliance with NCCHC’s Standards for Health Services in Jails. Accreditation recognizes the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office’s dedication to compliance with the most respected standards in correctional health care. The Santa Barbara County Jail underwent a rigorous on-site survey in September, 2020. An experienced physician and other experts in correctional health care surveyed the facility for compliance with standards on safety, personnel and training, health care services and support, patient care and treatment, health promotion, special needs and services, health records and legal issues. Sheriff Brown said “This is a milestone […]

  2. Wellpath Opens Clinic in Winston-Salem to Treat Substance Use Disorders

    Winston-Salem, NC – Wellpath Community Care Centers of North Carolina, P.C. has opened its Forsyth County location, devoted to treating opioid addiction and other substance use disorders. A grand opening event will be held on April 27, 2021. For more information, or interview requests, contact Judy Lilley at 615.324.5766. Wellpath Community Care Centers of North Carolina, P.C. providers are saving lives and making a difference in the tragic substance use epidemic destroying families and our neighborhoods, and they are excited to bring their expertise to the Forsyth County community. They are devoted to combatting the opioid crisis, and their top priority is to protect the health of individuals within the Forsyth County community who may be suffering from addiction disorders. […]

  3. Connected Leadership: Women’s History Month

    Connected Leadership: Women’s History Month As part of our celebration of Women’s History Month, today we’re looking at the importance of a diverse workforce. Although great strides have been made within the last 50 years to empower women, people of color, and other diverse groups in the workplace, there is still work to be done. At Wellpath, we are proud to have a diverse workforce. As leaders, part of our role includes empowering all team members to share diverse, and thoughtful perspectives that foster innovation and collaborative solutions to the unique challenges we face as an organization. Part of our role may include taking time to educate ourselves about steps we can take to be more inclusive and inspire others […]

  4. Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office Celebrates National Reading Month

    Santa Barbara, Calif. – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office will share the joy of reading with a storytime video during National Reading Month. The National Education Association has designated March “National Reading Month” with “Read Across America Day” on March 2. In years past, Sheriff’s staff were invited into classrooms across Santa Barbara County where they would share a children’s story as well as stories about their role here at the Sheriff’s Office. This year, Sheriff Brown, along with several other staff members have pre-recorded book readings that share important messages. Sheriff Brown reads I Can Believe in Myself, a story about having an “I can” attitude from local authors Jack Canfield and Miriam Laundry. Canfield is also known for […]

  5. Maine Department of Corrections Announces Expansion of MAT Services

    A Press Release from Maine Department of Corrections: Maine Department of Corrections Announces Expansion of MAT Services (Feb. 12, 2021) Augusta, Maine – The Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC) announced today the expansion of the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program for residents of State correctional facilities who have opioid use disorder (OUD). The program, which began as a pilot in July 2019 in partnership with medical provider Wellpath, will expand this month, first by making more MDOC residents eligible for MAT and by expanding continuity of care services. By November MDOC will provide universal access to MAT among resident populations, regardless of sentence length. This expansion builds on the MAT program initiated in July 2019 through an Executive Order from […]

  6. Law enforcement community teams up with Special Olympics: Agencies across Virginia are Gearing up for the 2021 Polar Plunge

    SALEM, Va. – The law enforcement community has been a longtime supporter of Special Olympics. That is why agencies across Virginia are gearing up for an ice cold challenge: the 2021 Polar Plunge. The officers and staff of the Western Virginia Regional Jail have been involved with Special Olympics for about a decade, organizing fundraisers and taking part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, but did not participate in their first Plunge until 2020. “We went all in, so to speak, and really tried to raise as much money as we could and just the sense of teamwork with the facility itself and people getting involved,” said Sgt. Lori Fadorick, the Special Olympics liaison for region 10. The team’s […]

  7. Butte County Jail Inmates Begin Receiving Coronavirus Vaccine

    OROVILLE — The Butte County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday it has begun administering doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to inmates at the Butte County Jail. Butte County Public Health provided the Sheriff’s Office with enough doses of the vaccine to administer it to 100 inmates. According to a BCSO press release, the Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work with the county health department toward getting its entire inmate population vaccinated. As of now, inmates are receiving the vaccine on a “voluntary basis.” Inmates 65 years of age and older, as well as those with underlying health conditions, are being prioritized to receive it. Wellpath, the jail’s medical provider, is administering the vaccine inside the jail’s medical facility. According to the […]

  8. Cook County, IL: Protect Communities by Vaccinating Inmates

      Across the nation and here in Illinois decisions are being made over who gets the vaccine and when. In this process there has been some public outrage over inmate inoculations. While this is understandable on one level, it is, in fact, counterproductive. Inoculating inmates, health professionals and correctional officers are an important step in containing COVID and in saving lives. Every workday I enter my health care clinic committed to doing everything in my power to help contain and treat COVID-19 among my patients, all of whom happen to be inmates. I am one of tens of thousands correctional nurses nationwide working behind the walls in some of the largest congregate settings in the U.S. There is an urgent […]

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