DC Department of Corrections' Director Odie Washington is announcing today that the agency has realized significant cost savings in the first year of the privatization contract that provides medical and mental health care to the inmates at the Central Detention Facility (DC Jail).
Working with the US District Court and the program service provider, Center for Correctional Health and Policy Studies, Inc. (CCHPS), the agency has reported an $866,000 cost savings in the first year of this contract. When combined with the reductions proposed by CCHPS for the current option year, the department is projecting a total cost savings of approximately $3.5 million over the first two years of the contract.
"We are proving our ability to manage medical and mental health services at the DC Jail in a safe, secure, and cost effective manner while meeting all constitutional requirements," said Director Washington. "Last year, this agency successfully ended the medical receivership and the 30-year medical/mental health Court oversight at the facility." Director Washington added.
The mufti-million dollar renovation along with the services that CCHPS provides is a part of the agency's plan to have the DC Jail's medical facility accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) by this fall. This will mark the first time in the facility's 30-year history for obtaining accredited medical services.
Responsibility for inmate health care services reverted to the Department of Corrections. in September 2000 by order of US District Judge William B. Bryant. CCHPS was selected through a competitive bid process as the service provider. In addition to internal monitoring by the agency's Medical Services officers, the CCHPS contract is also under the review of two consultants.
Dr. Robert B. Greifinger, a 25 year professional in correctional health care, provided the agency with an end-of-year assessment of the program stating, "CCHPS is meeting contractual requirements for both access and quality of care. The program is working."
Karl Becker, specializing in medical and financial management for 20 years, provided the department with a program review reporting that the $11.6 million total spending on the CCHPS was significantly less than the $12.5 million budgeted.