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A code of ethics is a set of principles, which guides the conduct of a group of professionals and establishes moral duties and obligations in relation to clients, institutions and society. One of the characteristics of a professional association is the development and adoption of a code of ethics. The American Correctional Health Services Association (ACHSA) undertook the development of a code of ethics through a consultative process which included a membership survey, workshops and adoption of a provisional set of principles in 1990. The objective of the process were to identify fundamental values of correctional health professionals and ethical conflicts in the correctional health care setting. Distinctive features about a code of ethics for correctional health professionals became apparent. Correctional health professionals represent many health care disciplines: doctors, nurses, mid-level practitioners, psychologists. Pharmacists, social workers, nutritionists, health information specialists, administrators, Codes of ethics are, in most cases, developed for a single professional discipline. Nonetheless, there are fundamental values that extend across health professional disciplines, especially in relation to duties and obligations towards patients. It is the correctional institution that creates the need for a unique code of ethics for correctional health professionals. The fundamental values of correctional health professionals in relation to the institution do not arise from the culture and experience of health professionals. The duties and obligations towards the institution generated much discussion and debate during the consultation. The ACHSA code of ethics does not emerge in a vacuum. There are the codes of ethics of the professional disciplines. There are also international principles of law and ethics, such as the World Medical Association Declaration of Tokyo, the United Nations Principles of Medical Ethics, the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and the International Council of Nurses Statement of the Role of the Nurse in Care of Detainees and Prisoners.

Preamble

Correctional health professionals are obligated to respect human dignity and act in ways that merit trust and prevent harm. They must ensure autonomy in decisions about their inmate patients and promote a safe environment.

Principles

The correctional health professional should:
  • Evaluate the inmate as a patient or client in each and every health care encounter.
  • Render medical treatment only when it is justified by an accepted medical diagnosis. Treatment and invasive procedures shall be rendered after informed consent.
  • Afford imates the right to refuse care and treatment. Involuntary treatment shall be reserved for emergency situations in which there is grave disability and immediate threat of danger to the inmate or others.
  • Provide sound privacy during health services in all cases and sight privacy whenever possible.
  • Provide health care to all inmates regardless of custody status.
  • Identify themselves to their patients and not represent themselves as other than their professional license or certification permits.
  • Collect and analyze specimens only for diagnostic testing based on sound medical principles.
  • Perform body cavity searches only after training in proper techniques and when they are not in a patient-provider relationship with the inmate.
  • Not be involved in any aspect of execution of the death penalty.
  • Ensure that all medical information is confidential and health care records are maintained and transported in a confidential manner.
  • Honor custody functions but not participate in such activities as escorting inmates, forced transfers, security supervision, strip searches or witnessing use of force.
  • Undertake biomedical research on prisoners only when the research methods meet all requirements for experimentation on human subjects and individual prisoners or prison populations are expected to derive benefits form the results of the research.
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From: PRISON ACTIVIST RESOURCE CENTER

Link: http://www.prisonactivist.org/medical-neglect/



Resources for those advocating for someone facing medical neglect behind bars:
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I found this website to be an excellent resource of information about prison health care--general topics covered [i.e., barriers to healthcare in prisons] as well as specific areas of concern [i.e., elder care in prison]. Good list of resources and links, too. I believe this is a fairly new website.
http://movementbuilding.org/prisonhealth/index.html
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Understanding Prison Health Care: Fostering competence and compassion in treating prisoners. A great resource.

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The AMA and its Code of Medical Ethics have always maintained that physicians should practice medicine with a compassionate and respectful attitude towards patients, family members, and colleagues. If you wish to report an ethical violation regarding your experience, you must do so locally. The AMA acts as an umbrella organization that offers general guidance to the federation of state medical societies and medical specialty societies. Therefore, reports of ethical violations are more appropriately and more efficiently handled at a local level.

Here is a link to find your local medical society.
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Here is a link for contact information for the Federal Bureau of Prisons Health Services Division. Here you will find information on everything from Health Programs to Quality Management of health care for federal inmates.

http://www.bop.gov/hsdpg/hsd.html
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Frequently Asked Questions about the Federal Bureau of Prisons Health Care Services and Safety

http://www.bop.gov/hsdpg/hsdfaq.html
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Various links provided by Corrections.com

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ACHSA Mission Statement, Purpose & Goals The ACHSA mission is to be the voice of the correctional healthcare profession, and serve as an effective forum for communication addressing current issues and needs confronting correctional healthcare. ACHSA provides support, skill development, and education programs for healthcare personnel, organizations and decision-makers involved in correctional healthcare resulting in increased professionalism and a sense of community for correctional healthcare personnel, and positive changes in health for detained and incarcerated individuals.
  • ACHSA holds annual multidisciplinary training conferences designed to provide education on the latest developments in correctional healthcare, including continuing educational credits.
  • Has state or regional chapters that conduct local training conferences that include opportunities for training, networking and continuing educational credits.
  • Works with all organizations that impact the delivery of health care in correctional institutions.
  • Has a representative on the Board of Directors of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.
  • Is an affiliate of the American Correctional Association (ACA); provides input and speakers for ACA conferences; reviews revisions and new ACA standards for correctional health care.
  • Is an affiliate of the American Jail Association (AJA) and provides input on correctional health care issues in jails.
  • Assists in programming on health care issues for other national health organizations upon request.
  • Regularly responds to requests from individuals and other corrections and health related associations to provide input and advice on health
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The mission of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care is to improve the quality of health care in jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities. With support from the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections, NCCHC’s leadership in setting standards for health services is widely recognized. Building on that foundation, our not-for-profit organization offers a broad array of resources to help correctional health care systems provide efficient, high quality care.


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CORRECTIONS AND DETENTIONS HEALTH CARE PROGRAM
Since 1979, the California Medical Association (CMA) provided services to detention facilities. This program was financed, in part, by the Federal Government and consisted of on-site reviews of medical programs in juvenile halls, jails and prisons throughout the United States. The Federal Government grant to the AMA was eliminated in 1982. In 1983, when the AMA ended its program, CMA leadership continued the program because the services protected the public and supported the integrity of correctional health practitioners. In 1996, the program was transferred to the Institute for Medical Quality.

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The Institute for Criminal Justice Healthcare serves to integrate public health and the Criminal Justice System through education, research, technology and dialogue. ICJH advances and promotes the importance of total health and disease prevention in the criminal justice population for offenders. Offenders are a part of our community and promoting prevention efforts to this population provides protection to all of our communities.

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ATAC’s Access to Health Care for the Incarcerated has the goal of increasing access to health care for incarcerated people through strategy coordination, information sharing, training and advocacy for allied individuals, groups, and communities.

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The National Hepatitis C Prison Coalition was formed to bring together organizations and individuals interested in raising awareness and providing support to prisoners who are suffering from hepatitis and HIV/HCV coinfection. Our goal is to help educate prisoners and advocate for better testing, treatment and prevention of these diseases.

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Hi, Do You Have Any Info On Waupun Correctional Insitution In Wisconsin For Health Care Issues? I Have Been Complaining Since July Of 2004, About My Son Who Was Cracked Over The Head By 3 Men Last Year, For Complaining About Boggers Being Put Into His Food. Since, He Has Suffered With Seizures Everyday. I Have Complained To The Warden, Doc, Health Services, And Now The Governor's Office. He Is Also Being Abused And Harassed By The Guards. I Am Afraid For His Life. Any Ideas? Thanks.
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I don't have any specific information on Waupun Correctional Insitution. If you have contacted the DOC, Health Services and the Governor's office to no avail. I might suggest that you enlist the assistance of an attorney. Often the presence of a lawyer on an issue seems to get everyone's attention very quickly.



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Hi, Do You Have Any Info On Waupun Correctional Insitution In Wisconsin For Health Care Issues? I Have Been Complaining Since July Of 2004, About My Son Who Was Cracked Over The Head By 3 Men Last Year, For Complaining About Boggers Being Put Into His Food. Since, He Has Suffered With Seizures Everyday. I Have Complained To The Warden, Doc, Health Services, And Now The Governor's Office. He Is Also Being Abused And Harassed By The Guards. I Am Afraid For His Life. Any Ideas? Thanks.
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I hope I am putting this in the right thread. As a Disability Advocate myself I found this pdf document to be a great source of information, so I'm passing it along.
A Manual on SSDI/SSI for Prisoners and there Advocates:
http://prisonerswithchildren.org/pubs/ssi.pdf
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The Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), available
for review at http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/split/cripastat.htm,
authorizes the Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice
(DOJ) to investigate conditions of confinement at State and local
government institutions such as prisons, jails, pretrial detention
centers, and juvenile correctional facilities.

Complaints against such institutions must be filed with DOJ's Special
Litigation Section. Instructions on how to file a complaint are
available at
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/split/compl...tm#Institution.

If you have a complaint about a Federal correctional facility, please
contact the facility directly with your concerns. You can conduct a
search for facilities and their contact information on the Federal
Bureau of Prisons Web site at
http://www.bop.gov/DataSource/execute/dsFacilityLoc.

If you have a complaint about the conditions of confinement for
Federal inmates awaiting trial, please contact your U.S. Marshals
Service District Office. You can view contact information for U.S.
Marshals Service District Offices at
http://www.usmarshals.gov/contacts/districts.html.

If you have anyadditional questions, please contact the National Criminal Justice
Reference Service, OVC's Information Clearinghouse, at
1-800-851-3420.
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i do have enough time to read all this
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The amount of information that I am finding is amazing. Thanks for all the help!
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Earplugs would make a great gift for prisoners - prison is very noisy, inexpensive foam earplugs would help reduce stress and improve mental health.

Clean wholesome water is so very important, and hard to find.

When I've been in confined spaces (not a jail cell) I've had the good fortune to use essential peppermint oil. A few drops clears the air and improves everything for several hours. Unfortunately good peppermint oil is expensive and would probably not be allowed in prison. If it was allowed it would be an excellent gift.
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Hi, do you have any information on the policies in texas prisons for inmates who are diabetics? I am trying to find information on whether diabetic inmates need to be in a facility that has 24 hour medical care as opposed to just ambulatory medical services.
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Check out this thread. Try contacting someone there. They should be able to help you.

http://www.prisontalk.com/forums/sho...7&postcount=46

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