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An exploratory report regarding the management of aging and infirm inmates is presented. Six chapters follow an executive summary:
- What we know about elderly, chronically ill, and terminally ill inmates;
- Effective evaluation for identifying the special needs of inmates;
- Program, housing, and treatment considerations;
- Ethical and policy considerations for the care of elderly and infirm inmates;
- And conclusion.
Appendixes include: Criminal Justice Institute Survey-Managing the Needs of Aging Inmates and Inmates With Chronic and Terminal Illnesses; site-visit reports; and site visit checklist.
A comprehensive reference that provides guidance in the provision of health services to inmates is presented. This manual contains the following chapters: introduction; historical overview -- the movement to improve correctional health care; legal considerations in the delivery of health care services in prisons and jails; ethical considerations and the interface with custody; the organizational structure of correctional health services; staffing considerations; health care delivery system model; programming for special health needs; women's health needs and services; health promotion and disease prevention; planning correctional health facilities; data management and documentation; improving the quality of correctional health care; cost considerations -- financing, budgeting, and fiscal management; and conclusions and future issues. Appendixes provide: Health Summary for Classification; sample organizational structure charts; coverage factor calculation summary; comparative analysis of health care standards in prisons and jails; sample health record forms; matrix for special health needs; sample mental health policies; NCCHC's "Position Statement on the Administrative Management of Inmates With HIV-Positive Test Results or AIDS"; sample clinic/infirmary equipment list; sample quality improvement policy and guidelines; cost-comparison tables; and about the NCCHC.
This report “does more than simply present a calculation of suicide rates. It presents the most comprehensive updated information on the extent and distribution of inmate suicides throughout the country, including data on the changing face of suicide victims. Most important, the study challenges both jail and health-care officials and their respective staffs to remain diligent in identifying and managing suicidal inmates” (p.vii). Five chapters follow an executive summary: introduction; national study of jail suicides—20 years later; demographic findings of suicide data; special considerations; and conclusion. The majority of victims (98%) used hanging as their method of suicide, with 32% of all suicides occurring between 3:01 P.M. and 9 P.M., 2 to 14 days following arrest (27%).