Standards for Health Services
The American Correctional Association's leadership in setting standards for correctional facilities and health services is widely recognized. Its health standards are unique not only for correctional health care, but for the health care industry as well, including the first large-scale comprehensive effort to include outcome measurements. The importance of a health services review predicated on outcome measurements cannot be underestimated.
Prior to efforts by ACA, accrediting agencies conducted evaluations for the presence or absence of an operation, condition or situation. While that is an important function, it really gives no input to the effectiveness of the service. Outcome measurements evaluate the consequences of programs and activities rather than their presence or absence.
ACA's Health Care standards are addressed in separate manuals for prisons, jails and juvenile confinement facilities. ACA standards provide health services guidance in establishing and maintaining constitutionally acceptable health services systems and cover the general areas of care and treatment, health records, administration, personnel and medical-legal issues. ACA standards help correctional and detention facilities improve the health of inmates, staff and the communities to which inmates return; increase the efficiency of their health services delivery; strengthen their organizational effectiveness using outcome measures; and reduce their risk of adverse legal judgments.
Standards Manuals Published by ACA include:
These publications may be ordered from our online store or through address below:American Correctional Association
206 N. Washington Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314