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Old 10-17-2012, 11:45 AM
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I finally got in contact with these people this morning only to find out that they are not what I thought they were. They actually provide the abysmal medical care in our State and Federal prisons.The guy I spoke to wasn't very happy by what I said about the staff or some federal prisons. He assumed, like most of the medical staff that all inmates are malingerers. Anyone know where I can get help in policing these people and their abysmal medical care? Thanks.

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ACHSA Code of Ethics


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.


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.


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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I sent ACHSA a email due to the way the prison system is doing my brother with his medical needs. Lets hope they give me some good info to work with.
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How about health care in arizona for inmates? My husband is being given PAROXETINE HCL 20 mg
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Originally Posted by newtothisinariz View Post
How about health care in arizona for inmates? My husband is being given PAROXETINE HCL 20 mg
here is the Az info https://corrections.az.gov/health-services

Does he not need the Paxil?
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If you can locate the prescription drug formulary used by the Arizona DOC, that will show you the medications that are approved to treat his diagnosed condition (depression?) There will be more than one option, although Paxil is a first line treatment for many patients.

If he was taking a different RX medication prescribed by his pre-prison doctor, it is probably on the prison's formulary too, at least the generic equivalent. example: fluoxetine is the generic for Prozac, etc. A letter from his private doctor to the prison's medical director may be all that is needed to change his prescription.
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Look like AZ. is using a contract service to provide medical, mental health and dental. Good luck with getting anything out of these money hungry contract providers. The link The Amazing Mrs.B has a contact email on try it. Don't get you hopes up to high . I have dealt with a private medical contractor before nothing but the run around
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