Missouri Puppies for Parole program helps meet emotional needs of offenders, teaches valuable life lessons

Missouri Puppies for Parole program helps meet emotional needs of offenders, teaches valuable life lessonsThe Puppies for Parole (P4P) program through the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) provides an important service to local communities as well as helping cultivate an environment of compassion behind bars. The program, which has been in place since 2010, has effectively reduced the number of dogs that are living in shelters throughout the state and has helped prevent hundreds, if not thousands of healthy dogs from being euthanized. Through formal training, individualized study and on-the-job training, offenders who enroll to become trainers through the program earn a certificate in animal handling – recognized in all 50 states. There is even an advanced P4P program, in which dogs are trained as therapy dogs for children and adults with special needs. (more…)

Arizona DOC achieves highest rating with Association of State Correctional Administrators

Arizona DOC achieves highest rating with Association of State Correctional Administrators

Chuck Manning (L) and Director Charles Ryan (R)

Only a handful of states – ten, including Arizona – have achieved “blue” status, the highest participation rating with the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA). We are happy to report that the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC), a Corizon Health client partner, recently achieved the rating of “blue” after much hard work and determination. (more…)

Three team members honored as employees of the month in Florida

Three team members honored as employees of the month in FloridaWe are proud to publicly recognize three Corizon Health team members working in the Florida Department of Corrections for being chosen as “Employee of the Month.” At Liberty Correctional Institution, a Corizon Health team member has been chosen as Employee of the Month for three out of the past four months. This month, Mental Health Professional Holly Buss was selected for the honor. Health Services Administrator Eddie Hand stated that Ms. Buss is a “tremendous asset to our team here at Liberty” and that this recognition was “well-deserved.” (more…)

Two emergencies, lives saved at St. Clair Correctional Facility

Two emergencies, lives saved at St. Clair Correctional FacilityIt could be the nightmare of every manager to be woken up by a phone call telling you that a correctional officer (CO) at your facility has been stabbed several times. As the Health Services Administrator (HSA) for St. Clair Correctional Facility (SCCF) in Alabama, the first thing that rushed through my mind was, “Is my medical staff okay? Has anyone been injured?” In the middle of my ensuing rush to get to the facility, I was able to reach the night shift registered nurse (RN) on duty, who assured me that the medical staff was unharmed. When I arrived at the facility, I sat and listened in shock as two of my nurses described being locked in pill call while listening to the attack on the CO on the other side of the door. They had felt helpless. They told me that after the area had been secured, they were released from pill call and were escorted to where the critically injured officer lay bleeding. They immediately placed the CO on a backboard and rushed him to the infirmary, where EMS was activated. While the team waited for the ambulance to arrive, officers and medical staff worked together to save the life of the officer-turned-patient. (more…)

A conversation with Corizon Health CEO regarding Rikers Island contract

A casual conversation about the Rikers contract loss with Corizon Health CEOCorizon Health CEO Dr. Woodrow A. Myers, Jr. was interviewed by The Marshall Project’s Maura Ewing in response to the recent loss of our healthcare contract with Rikers Island (NY). Ms. Ewing began her questions by calling attention to other contract losses we have seen since 2012, calling these, along with the loss of the Rikers contract, a “turn of fortune” for the company. While admitting there have been “some losses,” Dr. Myers reminded the interviewer of the 40 contract gains that have occurred since 2012, bringing the total number of contracts for Corizon Health to 114 across 27 states. He then points out that more than half of Corizon’s current clients have been our clients for 10+ years. “That’s not the profile of a loser,” stated Dr. Myers. (more…)