Providing Constitutional and Cost-Effective Inmate Medical Care
| Cataloged on:
Dec. 11, 2012
ANNOTATION: “In 2006, after finding that California had failed to provide a constitutional level of medical care to its inmates, a federal court appointed a Receiver to take over the direct management and operation of the state’s inmate medical care program from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)” (p. 3). The impact of the Receiver on the provision of medical care to California prison inmates is described along with plans for the transition of medical care management back to the state of California. You can find some great suggestions for providing cost-effective medical care in your facilities. Sections of this report are: introduction; background—inadequate medical care in prisons leads to receivership, Receivers implement changes to improve care, and court orders state to prepare for end of receivership; changes in inmate medical care costs and outcomes—data suggests improvement in inmate medical care, spending on inmate medical care has increased dramatically, and several inefficiencies remain; and keys to long-term success; lessons learned from other states—oversight can be implemented successfully, and contracting out can reduce costs; creating a cost-effective system of inmate medical care in California—establish a new state board to oversee inmate medical care, and control inmate medical care costs; and conclusion.