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Mar. 2, 2012
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The Academy of Correctional Health Professionals is the nation's community for correctional health care. Through publications, educational activities and special events, the Academy works to connect our members with peers from across the country. In partnership with MultiBriefs we provide timely, relevant news to our members and the correctional health field at large.

Connecticut seeking nursing home to take sick, disabled prisoners
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Connecticut has been working to get people out of nursing homes, but officials are hoping that at least one facility will be open to taking a new group of residents — parolees and patients from state institutions. Like many states, Connecticut has a growing population of older prisoners whose care, officials say, could be provided less expensively outside prison. The state already has legal mechanisms to parole inmates who are "physically incapable of presenting a danger to society," but they're rarely used, and Department of Correction staff often struggle to find nursing homes willing to take prisoners who could be paroled if suitable placements were available. More

New opportunities to serve on Academy committees
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Thanks to all who are serving on Academy committees in 2012. These volunteers make it possible to develop and maintain the many programs and services we provide. Two new committees are being created and we again are seeking members to serve. If you have an interest in marketing or in tech/social media, please consider volunteering your time and talent. Visit our "Committees" page for more information and a sign-up form. More

Dementia behind bars makes caregivers of killers
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Secel Montgomery Sr. stabbed a woman in the stomach, chest and throat so fiercely that he lost count of the wounds he inflicted. In the nearly 25 years he has been serving a life sentence, he has gotten into fights, threatened a prison official and been caught with marijuana. Despite that, he has recently been entrusted with an extraordinary responsibility. He and other convicted killers at the California Men's Colony help care for prisoners with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, assisting ailing inmates with the most intimate tasks: showering, shaving, applying deodorant, even changing adult diapers. More

California's quality of health care improving
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After suffering for years, the quality of health care in California's prisons appears to be on the rise. In 2006, a judge that poor medical care, whether due to neglect or malpractice, was contributing to the deaths of inmates. At the time, one inmate died on average each week. The judge appointed a federal receiver to oversee the health care system in California's prisons. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson of San Francisco said the medical conditions in California prisons were so poor they violated inmates' constitutional rights. More

FDA adds diabetes, memory loss warnings to statins
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U.S. health regulators will add warnings to the labels of widely used cholesterol lowering drugs, such as Lipitor, to indicate that they may raise levels of blood sugar and could cause memory loss. The Food and Drug administration announced the changes to the safety information on the labels of statins such as Pfizer Inc's Lipitor, AstraZeneca's Crestor and Merck & Co's Zocor. More

California advised to postpone prison medical facility
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California — even with a state prison medical facility already under construction southeast of Stockton — has been advised by the legislative analyst's office to hold off on building new medical facilities for inmates. That view contradicts plans by the court-appointed receiver who has run the prison health system since a federal judge declared it unconstitutional and inadequate. The receiver has plans for $2.3 billion in new clinics and upgrades. More

Link between prescription and illicit drug misuse in high-risk populations
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A new report from researchers at the Drexel University School of Public Health identifies patterns in the misuse of illicit drugs among young adults who also misuse prescription drugs. The report, "Misuse of Prescription and Illicit Drugs among High-Risk Adults" in Los Angeles and New York, was recently published in the first issue of the Journal of Public Health Research. More

Ramsell Technologies has developed a web based, on demand Workflow Management Solution bringing together multiple stakeholders in the healthcare equation to match recipients with the right programs. MORE

Houston plans 'sobering center' at shelter instead of jail
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Houston city officials plan to open a "sobering center" at the Star of Hope Mission downtown later this year. It would be an 84-bed facility that would allow people whose only offense is being drunk to bypass jail. Houston police arrest 19,000 people a year for public intoxication, racking up $4 million to $6 million in jail costs. More

Latent TB curbs risk of active disease
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Latent tuberculosis appears to protect people from developing active TB if they're reinfected, Boston-based researchers report. "In this study, we were attempting to answer the very old and vexing question regarding the extent to which individuals who are infected with tuberculosis, but haven't developed the disease, are protected from developing disease following a second exposure," Dr. Jason R. Andrews of Massachusetts General Hospital told Reuters Health. More

Texas is seeking early release for more and more sick inmates
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He's had a heart attack and two strokes, and he walks with a cane because of arthritis. Dan Austin Quinn is not the same person who stalked his estranged wife for months before confronting her in the parking lot of a Haltom City, Texas, drugstore in 1985. He's not the same man, he says, who shot Carolyn Quinn three times in the head and then felt "relief." Sentenced to 99 years in the shooting death of his wife, Quinn has been recommended by the state for early release from prison because of his medical problems. More

Insulin dosing made simple
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Jeffrey Keller writes, "I have found, in my years of practicing correctional medicine, that few practitioners who come to corrections are comfortable with insulin dosing. In my experience, this is especially true for physician assistants and nurse practitioners, but many physicians have problems, too. Insulin dosing can be complicated and tricky at times, but for most patients, 10 simple rules will get you to where you need to be." More

Activity Location Dates Notes

Call for Proposals: Correctional Mental Health Seminar Chicago March 16 Submit your proposal online by March 16

NCCHC's Updates in Correctional Health Care conference San Antonio May 19-22 Special discount for Academy members!

CCHP Exam San Antonio May 20 Application deadline: April 13

Medical Director Boot Camp Chicago July 20-21 Group and other discounts available

Health Administrator Boot Camp Chicago July 20-21 Group and other discounts available

Correctional Mental Health Seminar Chicago July 22-23 Attend two meetings and save!

CCHP Exam Multiple regional sites Aug. 18 Application deadline: July 13

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