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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Corizon Health CEO Steve Rector offered the following statement in response to Federal Judge Magistrate David K. Duncan’s court order issued earlier today:

“Today’s ruling by Federal Magistrate Duncan against the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) unfortunately fails to recognize the progress and improvement that is and has been the reality of inmate health care since the ADC engaged in a settlement with ACLU plaintiffs in 2014.

As the healthcare provider chosen after the plaintiff’s lawsuit was initiated, Corizon Health has worked diligently with the ADC to increase and meet compliance with the 849 measurements contained in the law suit settlement. That progress now reflects exceeding minimum compliance rates on 90 percent or more of the measures. With an average of more than 4,100 patient encounters a day, Corizon Health is successfully providing an exceptional level of health care to Arizona’s prison population.

This ruling, combined with the loss of millions in taxpayer dollars that will be paid to American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorneys, negatively impacts critical funds needed to meet the requirements of the settlement and it also demonstrates ACLU’s higher regard for pursuing their stated public policy objective of reducing inmate populations. This legal battle unfortunately also underlines why incarceration policy is best made under the direction of Arizona’s elected policy leaders, the Governor and state legislature and not in courtrooms.

Make no mistake, be it Corizon or any other private healthcare provider, the ACLU will attack the mere existence of private healthcare providers in our prison system and its levels of incarceration, regardless of any accomplishments by a provider.

This charade by the ACLU is sad for the taxpayers of Arizona and for the inmate population we serve. Though Corizon Health was not a party to this suit, we will continue to work closely with ADC to provide Arizona’s inmate population with the best care in what is often difficult circumstances. We are hopeful the State of Arizona will choose to appeal the Court’s decision and we look forward to continuing to work constructively in supporting the ADC’s and Corizon Health’s steadfast improvement in the delivery of health care.”

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As sourced by the Arizona Department of Corrections

Corizon Health and our Arizona Department of Corrections partner have surpassed minimum compliance scores on more than 90 percent of the measures monitored under a court settlement agreement for at least the past six months. Motions have been pending for several months for the court to remove hundreds of the measures from monitoring due to 24 months of consistently exceeding required scores.

The settlement agreement was the result of a class action lawsuit filed by the ACLU and others against the Arizona Department of Corrections in 2012, three years before Corizon was asked to take over providing healthcare services in Arizona prisons. Corizon is not a defendant in the lawsuit and did not participate in the settlement agreement that was worked out between the ACLU and the state. It identified almost 900 clinical measures to be audited monthly by state compliance monitors. The goal of the settlement is to reach and maintain for 24 months an 85 percent compliance threshold for each measure to meet the terms of the settlement agreement. Less than 10 percent of the total measurements remain to be brought to a consistent 85 percent compliance level.

Our dedicated team of healthcare providers in Arizona is working tirelessly to resolve challenges that create barriers to care and deliver a constitutionally sound healthcare program, grounded in evidence-based medicine. These doctors and nurses, many of whom view their practice as their mission in life, work in one of the most challenging environments to deliver care to one of the sickest and most under-served populations in our society. Many of our patients enter incarceration with multiple chronic disease issues and having had little, if any, access to healthcare. We understand the importance of returning these patients to health so they may successfully reenter society. We’re proud of our team and the gains they have made to improve the quality of Arizona’s prison health program.

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The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) recently re-accredited the Passaic County Jail in Paterson, New Jersey, after collaboration between jail administrators and Corizon Health staff ensured all standards were in compliance. The NCCHC is an independent organization established by the American Medical Association to set standards by which jails and prisons are measured. The initial accrediting and every three-year re-accreditation process is an exhaustive deep dive by NCCHC inspectors into all aspects of inmate welfare, reviewing hundreds of standards and lasting several days.

A key challenge to meeting all standards was ensuring individuals entering the facility received a health assessment within their first four hours at the jail – a goal made more difficult following New Jersey’s Bail Reform policies, which increased the length and complexity of the intake process by eliminating the ability to post bail before making a court appearance. Meeting this challenge required the jail to increase custody staff, and Corizon’s team established a triage process to assess all inmates
immediately after booking to identify those with the greatest medical needs. Next, a newly renovated intake area was built to provide nurses with a separate area to assess inmates confidentially and expedite their intakes as well as referrals to a practitioner when necessary. The result is that most inmates are seen in less than two hours.

Pictured are Corizon’s “Core 5” at the Passaic County Jail. From left to right Diane Lourido, RN, Compliance Coordinator; Dr. Joel Federbush, Director of Behavioral Health; Allison Genberg, LCSW, Health Services Administrator; Dr. Richard Berardi, Site Medical Director; and Sharon MacIntosh, RN, Director of Nursing.

 

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Idaho Maximum Security Institution nurse Chelsey Holcomb, RN, is pictured with her Silver Cross award for intervening in an emergency to save a patient’s life. To her left is Josh Tuckett, IMSI HSA; Jessica Guzetti-Johnson, DON at IMSI, and Tom Dolan, AVPO for Idaho.

Three Corizon Health nurses were honored last month with the Idaho Department of Correction’s Silver Cross for lifesaving interventions. Anthony Young, Allison Miguez and Chelsey Holcomb each received the award for intervening in emergency situations to save their patients’ lives.

Our team of committed healthcare professionals strives daily in jails and prisons throughout the nation to bring care and preventative medicine to those who are incarcerated. It is always a special day when some of these unsung heroes are recognized for their work.

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We’ve been remiss in introducing two new leaders who have joined Corizon Health’s executive team in recent weeks. In February, Shalin Shah came on board as Chief Financial Officer, and Carolyn Schneider joined as Chief Human Resources Officer.

Most recently the CFO of two prominent Nashville-based medical centers – St. Thomas Health Midtown and West – Shalin comes to Corizon with more than 25 years of hospital experience serving in both the chief financial and chief operating officer roles.

Likewise, Carolyn brings more than 25 years of experience in human resources for healthcare companies, including Capella Healthcare, and her talent management work has been featured in Computer World, PC Week, and Plants Parks and Sites magazines.

Both Shalin and Carolyn have hit the ground running at Corizon to provide the leadership needed to embark on a new chapter in Corizon’s history. Just last year, the company completed a recapitalization that eliminated a tremendous amount of corporate debt, infused capital into the company, and resulted in a new board of directors with three independent members who then selected hospital executive Steve Rector late last year as Corizon’s new CEO.

Under Steve’s leadership, Shalin is working to increase efficiencies in back office operations to ensure the public resources entrusted to us by our government partners are maximized for the care of our patients. Carolyn is working to implement best practices honed at some of the country’s leading healthcare company to implement the strongest clinical recruiting and retention program in the correctional healthcare industry.

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Corizon Health has long recognized the unique needs of our patients who served in the military and the high-rate of PTSD among that population. Through our partnership with the Missouri Department of Corrections, A veterans dorm established at the Moberly Correctional Center has had such promising outcomes that such housing is being established at Potosi Correctional Center, Algoa Correctional Center and Boonville Correction Center. Thanks to Correctional News magazine, you can read more about Missouri’s Veteran Dorm Program here. Special recognition to MDOC’s Functional Unit Manager of the Moberly veterans dorm Amanda Lake, MDOC’s Deputy Director of the Division of Adult Institutions Alan Earls, and Corizon’s own Institutional Chief of Mental Health Services at Moberly Patricia Cahill. The commitment they have to helping these veterans successfully return to society shines through in their work.

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