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NIJ (National Institute of Justice) Reports Help Practitioners Through Health Care Maze

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Date Published
January 1995
2 pages
This article reviews the work of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in helping correctional facilities to improve the management of health care and its costs, to upgrade health care for female offenders, and to treat and control communicable diseases among corrections populations.
To assist correctional administrators in meeting health care challenges, NIJ has released "Managing Prison Health Care and Costs," which describes how Federal and State prison administrators have adapted managed-care principles and techniques to prison health care services. In the area of health care for female offenders, NIJ funded a case study that examined the correctional management implications of a suit against the Georgia Department of Corrections, alleging inadequate services and conditions, including health care, for female offenders. The case study will be used as a teaching tool for correctional administrators who face similar litigation and those interested in improving health-care delivery and preventing abuse by correctional officers. Since 1985 NIJ has conducted national incidence studies to track HIV/AIDS in incarcerated populations. In 1994 data collection was expanded to include other sexually transmitted diseases. The NIJ report on "Controlling Tuberculosis in Community Corrections" presents an overview of TB as a criminal justice and public health issue. Seven listings for further reading

Date Published: January 1, 1995