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Julie L. Jones, Secretary


Press Release
February 23, 2015
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Florida Department of Corrections Announces Intention to Re-bid Health Care Contracts

TALLAHASSEE– The Florida Department of Corrections today announced the intention to release an invitation to negotiate (ITN) for the Department’s health care services prior to the beginning of 2016.

“I am confident in the ability of this Department to meet the health care needs of our inmate population through a partnership with private health care providers. Through this procurement process, the Department will take steps toward being better able to ensure that the health care services required to be delivered to our inmate population are done so in a professional, expeditious and quality fashion,” said Secretary Julie Jones. “I have spoken with Corizon Health and Wexford Health Sources and have been assured that the delivery of health care services to our inmates will not be interrupted by this process. A new look at privatization through an ITN is the right course of action for this Department, our inmates, and the state of Florida.”

Through an ITN, the Department seeks to enhance elements of the health care services provided to inmates. Considerations of enhanced elements of the health care contracts include:

  • The ability to ensure that appropriate staffing is provided by our contractors that enables:
    • A proper mix of administrative and institutional-level direct care
    • The presence of medical staff who possess the proper skills and qualifications to provide quality care to our inmate population, and
    • Clinical oversight and supervision
  • The ability to define expectations and best practices for utilization management and specialized care delivery
  • Access to specialized resources and expertise to provide services to inmates in inpatient mental health units and special housing
  • Implementation of electronic health records to support decision making and improve the provision of comprehensive medical, dental and mental health services while ensuring a continuity of care
  • Improved coordination of medical and mental health re-entry planning
  • The ability to define performance expectations and consequences for non-performance

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As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.

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