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Page Title: Standards and Accreditation

Performance-Based Standards for Correctional Health Care

Performance-Based Standards for Correctional Health Care is the result of a major initiative undertaken by the American Correctional Association to improve the delivery of health care to offenders within the correctional environment using the concept of performance-based standards. Conceived and developed by health care professionals, these revised standards, practices and outcome measures will enable administrators and practitioners to not only monitor health care activities but also to measure over time the outcomes of their efforts.

More than five years in the making, ACA unveiled its first set of performance-based standards in August 2000. Partially funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice, Standards for Adult Community Residential Services fourth edition is the prototype that will guide the eventual development of all ACA standards manuals.

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