|Goal 2-2: To provide effective basic health care treatment to inmates that reduces the potential spread of disease by unhealthy inmates inside the institution and those inmates scheduled for release.|
(Baselines indicated in parentheses)
Historically, many inmates coming into the department's care and custody have undiagnosed and/or untreated physical and mental illnesses. Proper diagnosis and treatment of these conditions may prevent further escalation of health care costs, and minimize public health risks to the inmate population and department staff. Further, early intervention and treatment will reduce risk to the community upon release of these individuals. Mental illness which is not properly diagnosed and treated may contribute to the inmate's poor institutional adjustment, increase risks to staff, and lead to further problems in the community after release.
The department also provides after-care planning to assist the inmate upon return to the community. Mental Health after-care planning typically includes information about community treatment resources available, and the scheduling of a first appointment with an appropriate community provider.
Wellness Education Program
The Wellness Education Program (WEP) is designed to teach inmates to take responsibility for their own health and personal well-being. The fundamental purpose of the program is to help inmates implement positive lifestyle habits such as exercise, proper nutrition, and stress management. Wellness contributes to the overall safety and health of the inmate at work and supports the safe operation of the correctional institution. It is designed to reduce health care costs during and after incarceration.
By June 30, 1999 reduce the total number of health services FTE's by 5% from the baseline number of 2744 on June 30, 1997, while maintaining a constitutional level of health care.
| Pending approval of the Office of
Health Services' consolidation initiative.