For years, the Department of Correction (DOC) provided health services to inmates directly, using local hospitals and medical specialists as necessary.
In 1995, a 12-bed inpatient unit for those in DOC custody was opened at UConn Health’s John Dempsey Hospital.
By November 1997, UConn Health established the Correctional Managed Health Care (CMHC) Division and assumed the provision of all health services for DOC (with the exception of addiction treatment). Health care includes medical, mental health, pharmacy, and dental services.
Health services are provided at 16 DOC facilities statewide, at 29 DOC-contracted halfway houses and at John Dempsey Hospital. Specialized services include:
- Hospice programs at MacDougall-Walker, York and Osborn correctional institutions
- Sex offender programs at six facilities
- Specialized care clinics for inmates with chronic, significant medical conditions
- Mental health services at all prisons and jails, with comprehensive mental health programs at Osborn, Northern, York, Manson Youth, and Garner correctional institutions
During FY 2015, services were provided by 738 full-time equivalent staff (a total of 810 individuals) to a population of 16,955 individuals (939 in halfway houses). CMHC is the largest state medical care provider.
- CMHC dispensed, delivered and administered over 14.7 million doses of medication over the last year.
- On an average day, CMHC sees 591 inmates at sick call, cares for 143 inmates in infirmary beds and cares for 3.3 inmates hospitalized at the John Dempsey Hospital.
- In FY 2015, there were 15,517 inmate visits for care at specialty clinics in DOC facilities (orthopaedic services, infectious diseases/HIV, optometry, and podiatry).
- In FY 2015, 15 dentists, and 14 dental assistants performed 21,238 assessments, and conducted 16,329 procedures.
- In FY 2015 there were 201,408 visits to social workers, psychologists and psychiatric nurse clinicians, including 21,865 suicide risk assessments. In addition, there were 19,944 visits to psychiatrists and 18,446 visits to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.
- Of note, CMHC’s FY 2015 cost per inmate (both genders) was $5,149 to provide global health services (medical, dental, and mental health) to a population with significant health problems.
- The FY 2015 expense for inmate care was$88.8 million.