Program Authorization: R.S. 15:821-840.2 and R.S. 36:401-409
The mission of the Health Services Program is to provide the appropriate level of health care to the inmate population to meet their basic medical, dental, and mental health needs, thus allowing them to maintain their health and participate in institutional programs.
The goal of the Health Services Program is to assure that the health of all inmates is adequately evaluated and that proper and effective treatment is provided as needed in order to maintain their health and allow for participation in institutional programs to the extent possible.
The Health Services Program provides medical services, dental services, mental health services, and substance abuse counseling.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Health Services Program will provide each inmate the medical, dental, and mental health services necessary to maintain his basic health.
1 Number of positive responses to test administered to inmate population for TB infection. A positive response indicates presence of TB infection, but not necessarily active TB disease. Because inmates who test positive once are no longer included in the test base, figures for subsequent years reflect only new positive responses.
Explanatory Note: David Wade Correctional Center is presently working with E. A. Conway Hospital in Monroe on a telemedicine demonstration project. Telemedicine utilizes interactive video and specialized diagnostic equipment to enable physicians who are located elsewhere to examine patients at an off-site location. (Many of Louisiana's correction institutions, including David Wade Correctional Center, are located in rural areas. Telemedicine has proven to be especially useful in rural areas and areas where transportation is problematic.) Wade/Conway clinics held thus far have included orthopedics, screening and follow-up general surgical procedures, and internal medicine. Wade staff anticipate additional applications, such as on-site emergency screening. In cases for which this is appropriate, a consultation that would require a 135-mile round trip and two trip security officers can be handled in about 45 minutes without taking inmates outside the secure perimeter of the institution. Telemedicine not only enhances efficiency and security, but it also has the potential to support recruiting efforts by enabling a physician at a relatively isolated site to interact with medical colleagues.
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded entirely with state general fund.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 86.1% of the existing operating budget. It represents 74.0% of the total request ($ 3,006,196) for this program. The decrease in the recommended level is primarily attributed to the delayed opening of Forcht Wade and the reduction of non-recurring acquisitions. Forcht Wade will begin to increase its inmate population in October of 1998. The decrease of 7 positions is due to the fact that the functions of Reception Center and the Special Needs Unit for the Elderly will be phased in causing these positions to not be needed in Fiscal Year 1999. The 7 positions will, however, be necessary in Fiscal Year 1999-2000.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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