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Old 01-14-2008, 09:05 PM
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My boyfriend was misdiagnosed.

He has a good case aganist the MASS. DOC and the drs, and hospitals that didn't help him or gave the wrong meds, etc.

Does anyone know of another legal service other than Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services?

He wants to file suit against them.

Any ideas?
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The are lots of attorneys who will pick up a Malpractice case for % fee only. No cash up front.
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When I was in WA state prison there was a book called " PRISON MADNESS" written by a doctor who worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and as part of his job he inspected many state prisons.

The doctor did not like what he found and critisized many state prisons.

At my prison they had libraries operated by the state library system not the prsion. When the prison learned that this book had come in they insisted that it not be put out on the bookshelves. They only way to get it was to ask for it and they would get it from the back room. Why? Because WA was one of the states which was accused of mistreating inmates with mild mental issues by letting correctional officers push their buttons knowing that they would snap. There are lots of similar stories that the prisons would rather not have been made public in the book.

Read it and see just how big a problem there is in the prisons.
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I know some of these are repeats, sorry
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Organizations Focusing on Inmate Health

Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved
Coordinates commuity-based projects to bring quality healthcare to underserved populations and provides research on health issues in American prisons.

National Commission on Correctional Health Care
Works to improve mental health care in correctional facilities through education, publication, and promoting quality standards for health service.

Society of Correctional Physicians
Informs and trains physicians in the ethics and effective practice of correctional health care.

Centers for Disease Control - Correctional Health
Contains statistics and information regarding the mental health of inmates and treatment programs.

Reentry Policy Council
Develops bipartisan policies and facilitates information-sharing to help state governments ensure the safe and successful return of prisoners to their communites.

National Prevention Information Network
Provides research on the prevalence and prevention of disease in prisons in the United States.

National HCV Prison Coalition
Raises awareness and educates about Hepatitis C in prisons and advocates for improved inmate treatment.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Offers comprehensive information regarding adult and juvenile offender health care.

Institute for Criminal Justice Health Care
Serves to integrate public health and the criminal justice system through dialogue, education, and technology.

American Correctional Health Services Association
Acts as the voice of the correctional healthcare profession through providing a forum for discussion about current issues and needs in prison and jail health systems.

Academy of Correctional Health Professionals
Supports the correctional health professional community through publications, educational activities, and special events.
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I would like to thank you for taking the time to post this information. Since my husband does have health issues it is good to know there are so many organizations pertaining to inmates' health issues. I would not even have known where to began to look. This is information that everyone who has a love one in prison needs to have. Hopefully it will never be needed, but it is good to be prepared.
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Hi,

Heartburn (GERD, Acid Reflux, Pyrosis) could be just a minor discomfort after eating a heavy meal or it could be a chronic condition affecting quality of your life. This site was created based on my personal experience living with chronic heartburn and acid reflux. Usually doctors refer to it as GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Once GERD appeared in my life several years ago I thought that my life has changed and there is no turning back.
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What organizations monitor and govern health services in prisons?
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thanks for this post. I find the links very resourceful. Kim
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From what I understand each government entity is governed by that government's administration. I wish that there was a national health care monitoring service for prisons/jails. If this was in place we would probably have less medical incidents in prisons related to health care neglect and inadequate care.


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i am doing a thesis on this issue in my health care law class.... my best friend is incarcerated here on DR in missouri so i figured i would write about something that would be useful for me to know... THANK YOU ALL SOOOO MUCH for all of the WONDERFUL info!
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You should check out the Federal Court decisions as medical treatment is a civil right. It is easier than you think to look up prison medical cases by key words in the library or at the courts web site. When one states decision is made it usually affects all states. The big issue is the definition of adequate prison health care.
Sometimes inmates are released early so the state will not end up paying for needed surgery. Sometimes the prisons will avoid diagnosing or treating certain ailments becuase it would cost too much to deal with.
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Another good source for information about prison medical care is the American Civil Liberties Union. (check their wed site [ aclu ] ) Keep in mind that they deal with serious cases and it should not be assumed that all prisons have bad medical care. I've known several prison nurses both from the inside and the outside and there are many good caring medical people who do the best with what they have.
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Default Heart Issues Please help.

I am scheduled to self surrender at Florence on Feb 28 2010. I had major heart surgery in July of 09. I am recovering well although there are still some rythym issues. I am on blood thinner meds for rest of my life. I also am on Meds for rythym of heart beat. Does anyone know if the Prison system can handle my situation or have any info on how I will be treated? Thank you for any help or thoughts.
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Can anyone offer any resources for medical care for a newly released Texas inmate?
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my son in in the Oklahoma prison system. I need information about diabetic health care for him. I don't think he is getting his meds or diet needs met. Any help is appreciated.
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This is really a very nice thread, thanks for posting.
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Thank you for this useful information. It is comforting to know there are resources.
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My son is in a NC prison, and is experiencing some medical and dental problems that aren't being attended. I have written to the administrator of the prison, and so has his attorney broter. Is there any chance tat our leters will be effective?
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I am scheduled to self surrender at Florence on Feb 28 2010. I had major heart surgery in July of 09. I am recovering well although there are still some rythym issues. I am on blood thinner meds for rest of my life. I also am on Meds for rythym of heart beat. Does anyone know if the Prison system can handle my situation or have any info on how I will be treated? Thank you for any help or thoughts.
I have a family member in NC prison and can only offer advice as I've seen done to him. They let their meds run out and take their good old time refilling them. Do not believe when you are having a heart attack, put you sometimes in segregation and seldom check on you. The doctor seldom sees you even if you fill out sick call forms your lucky if anyone checks on you and if so they seldom do anything. You are called a liar for saying you have a health issue and if family complains they take it out on the inmate or move him to another prison far from family. Good luck!!
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My best answer to your question is maybe! It may just depend upon the politics of the particular prison where your son is located. I have a friend in the NC prison system. When he has an unresolved medical or dental problem (which is, unfortunately, more often than not) I start with whoever is in charge of medical services at that facility. It is going to be a nurse and your son should be able to tell you who that person is. They're going to probably tell you that they can't discuss his medical issues with you but what they can do is get permission from your son to speak to you about a specific medical issue and then get back to you once they've obtained that. At least where my friend is, I have to do the same thing each time I've called (in other words, the permission doesn't carry over from one incident to the next).

The other thing I have done if that doesn't get results is to contact the Medical or Dental Director for NC DOC. The Medical Director's name is Dr Paula Y Smith and the Dental Director is Dr James Clare. Both can be reached at 831 West Morgan St 4278 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-4278. Whenever I've had to write to them I always cc. my letter to the warden of the facility and the "in charge" nurse so everyone is aware of my concerns at the same time. I find that helps encourage cooperation on their part.

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This is great info ... however the email address is Admin@ACHSA.org.




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American Correctional Health Services Association *Email address *Toll free phone #
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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.

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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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Is the American Corrections Medical Association still viable? I attempted to send them an e-mail today and it bounced. I tried calling the number provided in their post here and it was not the correct number. Please help.
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Is the American Corrections Medical Association still viable? I attempted to send them an e-mail today and it bounced. I tried calling the number provided in their post here and it was not the correct number. Please help.
I called the # and they made a pitch about a free Bahama 2 wk. vacation- that was the free 877 #. Then I called the pay # and they said they were the web site: corrections.com and didn't know any thing about the vacation. Oh yeah, the first # just keeps you on the line asking you to touch any touch-tone # to talk to an operator to get your FREE vacation. I passed on that so eventually they just hang up on you.

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