With support from the major national organizations representing the fields of health, mental health, law, and corrections, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care is committed to improving the quality of health care in our nation’s jails, prisons, and juvenile confinement facilities.
NCCHC’s leadership in setting standards for health services in correctional facilities is widely recognized. Written in separate volumes for prisons, jails, and juvenile confinement facilities — and with additional manuals for mental health services and opioid treatment programs — the Standards cover patient care, health records, administration, personnel, and medical-legal issues. These essential resources have helped correctional and detention facilities improve the health of incarcerated individuals and the communities to which they return, increase the efficiency of health services delivery, strengthen organizational effectiveness, and reduce the risk of adverse legal judgments.
NCCHC offers a broad array of services and resources to help systems provide efficient, high-quality care. Our three annual educational conferences cover practical and cutting-edge topics for clinical care, mental health, substance abuse, and administration. Additional online learning opportunities are offered throughout the year.NCCHC also conducts research on the correctional health care field, operates the premier national certification program for correctional health professionals, and develops position statements and other support materials. NCCHC Resources, Inc., provides consulting and technical assistance on correctional health care management and policy issues. The NCCHC Foundation serves as the fundraising and philanthropic arm of NCCHC to support research, professional education, scholarships, and patient reentry into the community.