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Title: American Medical Association Standards for Health Services in Jails - 1981
Corporate Author: American Medical Assoc
Publishing Operation Division
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 79
Sponsoring Agency: American Medical Assoc
Chicago, IL 60610
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 79-MU-AX-0008
Sale Source: American Medical Assoc
Publishing Operation Division
515 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These 56 standards for jail health services are designed to ensure that inmates receive medical and psychiatric care comparable to that available in the community. Accreditation of jail health care programs by the American Medical Association requires compliance with the majority of these standards.
Abstract: The standards address administrative and personnel matters, care and treatment, pharmaceuticals, health records, dental care, and legal issues. Detailed chemical dependency and psychiatric standards, included for the first time, are deemed especially important because of the frequency with which mentally ill and chemically dependent people are jailed. The standards are arranged topically, with 'essential' standards listed first. Each standard is followed by a discussion elaborating its conceptual basis and identifying alternative means of compliance. Specific standards address such issues as medical autonomy, licensure, staff development and training, inmates as health workers, detoxification, access to treatment, priority of complaints, and informed consent and medical research. For accreditation, a facility must meet all of the 'essential' standards, as well as 70 percent of the 'important' ones for 1 year of accreditation and 85 percent for 2 years. A glossary and subject index are appended.
Index Term(s): Accreditation; Jails; Medical and dental services; Psychiatric services; Standards
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