Jail introduces new healthcare program

Sheriff Brian McLean is pleased to announce the institution of a new healthcare program at the Houghton County Jail designed to raise the standard of inmate care while reducing waste, despite an economy where expenses keep increasing.

The comprehensive program focuses on improving the quality of care delivered in the jail setting, as well as enhancing the overall health of detainees through the use of appropriate medications and counseling. With this mission at the forefront, chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and hypertension, are better managed upon the inmate’s release into the community.

With an average daily population of 45 inmates, the program will provide the Houghton County Jail with physician and nursing services, as well as ancillary and support services and a training program to improve medical care through continuous education.
Not only does Sheriff McLean wand an outstanding jail healthcare program, he is also looking for ways to save valuable taxpayer dollars – the new program he has selected helps accomplish both.

With this program, the county offices can buy items at a reduced rate by taking advantage of a discount pricing program. The program includes thousands of manufacturers and distributors and the county can benefit from tremendous savings in common areas such as food and office supplies.

The new provider, Advanced Correctional Healthcare (ACH), offers services to more than 256 clients in 17 states. ACH is the largest provider of inmate medical services for county jails in the United States and will start services at the Houghton County Jail on May 6, 2016.

(Information Courtesy of the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office)