The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department has a new healthcare plan for inmates.
Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay said the new plan, offered by Advanced Correctional Healthcare (ACH), was designed to raise the standard of inmate care while containing costs.
The comprehensive program, which lowers the healthcare costs at the jail, has been implemented in over 200 jails in the Midwest and South.
"It focuses on improving the quality of care delivered in a correctional setting as well as enhancing the overall health of detainees through the use of appropriate medications and counseling," DeLay said. "Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and hypertension, are better managed upon an inmate's release into the community."
"This is a major advantage in the care of chronic disease and for tracking infectious disease in the community," DeLay said.
The Lawrence County Jail will now have a physician and management services for approximately 30 inmates.
The program allows the county to buy items at a discounted rate by taking advantage of a discount pricing program, giving the county an opportunity to benefit from common cost areas such as food and office supplies.
The new provider offers services to 212 clients in 17 states. The new service started at the Lawrence County Jail on March 1.