By Mariann Burnetti-Atwell, Psy. D., CCHP, Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health Operations, Corizon Health

Several months ago, Corizon Health embarked on an initiative to eliminate suicides in the jails and prisons where we provide care. Corizon already had a strong record in suicide prevention, but we set this lofty – some would say impossible – goal because there simply is no number acceptable for completed suicides in a secure and supervised environment.

Yet, as a nation, the federal Department of Justice reports death by suicide in county jails is on the rise. The most recent federal Bureau of Justice Statistic reports showed the number of suicides in state prisons increased from 2013 to 2014 by 30 percent, an increase to 249 suicides from 192 the previous year. In local jails, suicide was the leading cause of death, accounting for a stunning 35 percent of all jail inmate deaths, a 13 percent increase from 2013 to 2014.

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category: Thought Leadership

Our SMART employees for the second quarter of 2017 are Stephanie Abshire, Behavioral Health Administrator at the Mark H. Luttrell Correctional Facility in Tennessee, and Joanie Vaughn, an LPN at the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Alabama. These two team members have consistently exhibited Corizon Health’s SMART values of Safety, Motivation, Accountability, Respect and Teamwork. Continue reading

category: Employee Recognition

We are pleased to announce Corizon Health has won the rebid of our Shawnee County, Kansas contract and has signed a “3 plus 2” contract extension in Alachua County, Florida. Both of these are tremendous testaments to strong performance and partnerships with these important clients. Continue reading

category: In the News

Corizon Health’s Dr. Andrew J. Adler, Statewide Behavioral Health Clinical Director in our Tennessee Department of Correction Mental Health Partnership, recently was called up by the American Red Cross to assist with Houston’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey, which flooded that area of Texas. Continue reading

category: In the News

Corizon Health employees extended their compassion and caring of others to those impacted by the recent hurricanes. After Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas, Corizon Health offered a dollar-for-dollar match to donations made to the National Sheriff’s Association Disaster Relief Fund and the American Red Cross, and then extended the matching program for a week following Hurricane Irma. The Corizon Health family came through for a total raised of $11,000. The Sheriffs Fund helps law enforcement members and their families rebuild from disasters while the Red Cross provides worldwide disaster relief services.

category: In the News

With Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida earlier this month, first responders throughout the state mobilized to help ensure the health and safety of everyone in the path of what was promised to be a catastrophic event. Residents of county jails were no exception. Continue reading

category: In the News

July has marked the one year anniversary of the of the Core Processes program. During this first year, the Core Processes Program has been implemented in our state and community contracts, with training provided to a variety of audiences and roles ranging from administrative support personnel to regional medial directors. The Core Processes Program has reached our western-most sites in the Pacific Northwest to our southernmost sites on the east coast. Though the reach of the program touches both coasts and points in between, the foundation of what we do remains the same: Provide and/or support the delivery of safe patient care. Continue reading

category: Thought Leadership

On Saturday, July 15, at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility in Larned, Kansas, a correctional officer collapsed during his shift when he experienced a seizure, which resulted in a code situation. When the code was called, Corizon Health RN Deborah Blake responded and began CPR, assisted by Officers William Travnick and Zachary Austin.

The officer recovered and spoke to RN Blake to thank her just a few hours after the incident.

“I would like to take a moment and let you know that RN Blake’s involvement with the incident was very instrumental in saving the officer’s life,”reported Health Services Administrator Kayla Tranbarger. “She was very professional and helpful in this emergency situation and we are lucky to have her as part of our team.”

category: Contract News, In the News

Thanks to our dedicated and hardworking frontline team of clinicians and medical services staff, the Tulare County, California Health and Human Services Agency chose to continue its four-year partnership with Corizon Health to provide services to the Tulare County Criminal Justice Facilities by extending our contract for an additional year. Continue reading

category: Contract News, In the News

In a follow-up to “Pregnant in Prison: Bridging the gap between the due date and release date,” South Boise Women’s Correctional Center (SBWCC) inmate Samantha Campbell spoke about giving birth to baby Carter February 21, and having to leave him while she served out the remainder of her sentence. Continue reading

category: Contract News, In the News

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