In the fall of 2009, the Division of Health Services was created under the JSO Department of Corrections to provide health care services to the Duval County inmate population in three different facilities, the Pre-Trial Detention Facility, the Montgomery Correctional Center and the Community Transition Center.
Citizens under the custody of the Department of Corrections are medically evaluated at intake and have access to health care services 24 hours a day 7 days a week, as we are federally mandated to provide. All services, medical, mental and dental health care, are provided in compliance with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and the American Correctional Association accreditation standards.
Health care services in Corrections are intended to meet inmates' serious health care needs and ensure safety, while complying with stringent requirements. Services are provided with professionalism, dignity and respect. The inmate population has a high incidence of infectious diseases, substance abuse, trauma, mental health problems and many other issues, ranging from wound care to cancer, heart failure and AIDS.
The Division of Health Services coordinates specialty services through Shands Jacksonville. It is the goal of our medical model to ensure that inmates move through the corrections and public health care continuum seamlessly and without duplication of services – saving taxpayers money and allowing us NOT to rush to the emergency room every time an inmate has a non emergent medical need.