A medication-assisted treatment program in the Philadelphia’s Riverside Correctional Facility, the city’s prison for women, is being recognized for helping to protect women from heroin overdoses when they are released.

On Monday, August 6, 2018, stories in The Inquirer and on WHYY, Philadelphia’s public broadcasting station, highlighted the jail’s MAT program, which provides patients with a low dose of an opioid-based medication to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms and maintain a minimum tolerance so they don’t overdose should they return to using heroin upon release.

Dr. Jon Lepley, Corizon Health’s Chief Medical Officer for the facility, pioneered the program in partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Prison Department, after learning about patients who overdosed and died soon after leaving jail.

The program piggybacks on an effort to provide the overdose-reversing drug naloxone to inmates as they leave the facility.

You can read more about the program and Dr. Lepley at this link.

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Each quarter, Corizon Health staff across the nation nominate colleagues who consistently exhibit our company’s SMART values of Safety, Motivation, Accountability, Respect and Teamwork. From these nominations, two recipients are recognized as SMART Employees of the Quarter. At the end of each year, a single SMART award recipient is selected to receive our SMART Employee of the Year award. These are outstanding professionals, who are committed to the care and recovery of our patients.

Lene Brown,is a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor who established and manages the only female Therapeutic Community within the Tennessee Department of Correction, located at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary. Pictured with Dr. Jennifer DeSouza, Clinical Director.

Lene Brown, one of our SMART Employee for the first quarter of 2018, has established and managed the only female Therapeutic Community in the State of Tennessee and has gone above and beyond the call of duty in supporting patients with substance abuse issues, says Tennessee Director of Addiction Recovery Service Terry Kinnaman.

“She is hyper-vigilant to the safety and emotional needs of the patients she serves and the staff with whom she works,” writes Terry. “She is the personification of patient safety.”

Lene exceeds expectations in every aspect of her role as an LADAC. She has consistently received a 100 percent score on her quarterly audits, a feat not matched elsewhere in the state.

When the therapeutic community that Lene runs first opened, it struggled with organization and focus. Lene did not stand back and wait to be given direction, but moved the program forward ensuring the needs of the patients, the expectation of the warden, nd the obligations of the contract were met.

“She is a detail-oriented, task-focused problem solver who has a real mastery of her work,” Terry Kinnaman wrote in nominating Lene. “She has developed a communication style and culture that welcomes open dialogue and fosters healthy conflict and effective resolution.”

Corizon’s Tennessee leadership said Lene reminds them of a Quarterback – not only contributing fully to the team but is on the field leading the team while simultaneously working with the team to the reach the goal. And her willingness to share with her colleagues across the state the best practices that resulted in her site’s continued success on audits is evidence of her generosity and team spirit.

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Dr. Joel Federbush, Director of Psychiatry at the Passaic County Jail in New Jersey was one of two Corizon Health SMART Employees for the first quarter of 2018, a peer-nominated award that recognizes employees who consistently exhibit Corizon Health’s SMART values of Safety, Motivation, Accountability, Respect and Teamwork.

Nominated by Passaic County, New Jersey Jail Health Services Administrator Allison Genberg, under Dr. Federbush’s leadership, in 2017, the Passaic County Jail mental health team  successful satisfied all areas of the mental health consent order achieving 100 percent compliance. Additionally, the team achieved a 100 percent score in the annual inspections conducted by the New Jersey DOC, as well as NCCHC re-accreditation.

Board Certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry, Dr. Federbush is a leader in his field. His expertise in forensic mental health is something he passionately shares on behalf of Corizon Health and our Passaic County Partner. Every year, he presents on a variety of topics at both national conferences of the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC) as well as the Warden’s Conference in New Jersey.

In nominating him for the the award, Passaic HSA Allison Genberg wrote: “Dr. Federbush is a true leader in the sense that he creates an environment that encourages others to share their thoughts and opinions, seeks input from his colleagues, and maintains an open door policy. He is transparent with his staff and maintains open dialogue through daily touch points and weekly team meetings. Dr. Federbush participates fully in all aspects of the site, making himself available 24/7 to ensure our patients receive the best care possible. Always approachable and always willing to help, Dr. Federbush is a fine example

Dr. Joel Federbush receives Corizon Health SMART Employee of the Quarter award from Passaic County Jail, New Jersey Health Services Administrator Allison Genberg.

of a Corizon SMART employee – not to mention that his sense of humor is unparalleled.”

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Much attention has been given an Arizona Magistrate Judge’s order finding the Arizona Department of Corrections in contempt over the quality of inmate healthcare in Arizona. As our CEO Steve Rector pointed out in a statement issued following the order, the ruling disregards the progress that has been made in meeting and exceeding the required 85 percent compliance minimum with 849 quality measurements contained in a legal settlement agreement between the ACLU and other and the State of Arizona. Corizon Health and the ADOC currently are exceeding minimum compliance on 90 percent or more of those 849 measures. To understand why then that the judge – on his last day on the bench – took this action, a motion filed by the state in February sheds light on the lack of impartiality that dominated this case. Hopefully, the state – and more importantly, the taxpayers – are spared the cost of the fines imposed and, moving forward, benefit from a fair and impartial judge. A link to the motion is embedded below.

2641 - DEFS MOT to Disqualify Magistrate Judge Duncan

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