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NCJ Number: 150822 Find in a Library
Title: Meeting Special Needs in Tennessee
Journal: Corrections Forum  Volume:2  Issue:8  Dated:(November-December 1993)  Pages:38,52-53
Author(s): K W Strandberg
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 3
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In July 1992, Tennessee became the first State to build and open a facility specifically designed for the State's correctional health problems.
Abstract: The Special Needs Facility aims to provide quality care in a secure environment so that ill inmates do not endanger the rest of the community and so that the transfer and management of these inmates is made much easier. The Special Needs Facility also operates at a lower cost than contracting health care out to community hospitals and other facilities. Each institution in Tennessee assesses its inmates and, if inmate health care needs exceed what that institution can provide, administrators contact the Special Needs Facility. Inmates come to the facility with a range of illnesses and stay anywhere from several weeks or, in the case of terminally ill inmates, until their death. The facility also provides mental health services, sex offender treatment programs, and physical rehabilitation.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Inmate health care; Offender mental health services; Tennessee
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