Inmate Health Care Division:
The Inmate Health Care Division provides comprehensive health care services for all inmates. These services result in a total health care program including medical, dental, psychiatric, and related health care services. This division adheres to the “Standards for Health Services in Jails”, set by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). This division staffs only professionally trained, licensed, and certified medical personnel.
New Healthcare Facility opened in August 2007
Medical care services for male and female inmates are concentrated on four floors of varying housing configurations encompassing 165,200 square feet.
The medical services include: an X-ray room, dialysis, three chairs for dental service, a 12 person waiting room, 20 negative pressure isolation cells, a mental health clinic, a trauma clinic, and dedicated space for staff and administration. The detention features include video visitation in each housing area, attorney visitation booths, a courtroom for appearances by video, and other inmate monitoring and staff security enhancements.
Important! Florida State Statute 951.032(1)(a) authorizes county detention facilities to seek reimbursement from prisoners for expenses incurred for medical care, treatment, hospitalization and transportation.
No inmate shall be denied necessary medical care and treatment for his / her serious health need(s) due to the inability to pay for services rendered.
B. Co-Payment Schedule
1. A $10.00 co-payment shall be charged against the inmate’s account for each non-exempt visit for medical care initiated by the inmate.
2. Non-exempt visits include medical, psychiatric and dental services requested by the inmate that result in a Sick Call visit.
3. Exempt visits shall not be charged against the inmate’s account and includes services such as:
a. Medical staff initiated requests for medical, mental health and dental treatment / evaluation, including follow-up visits initiated by the qualified healthcare provider.
b. Detention staff initiated requests due to urgent or emergent appearing conditions, as substantiated by the nurse.
c. Treatment of injuries (emergent / non-emergent) which occur as a result of an assault, use of force, accident or inmate fight.
d. Receiving medical screenings, health appraisals (14-day / annual H & P) or chronic clinic visits required by accreditation standards.
e. Inpatient or outpatient (ER) hospital visits and on or off site specialty consultations (i.e. dialysis, PAR, physical therapy, prenatal care, etc.).
f. Laboratory, x-ray and other diagnostic testing, wound care, vital sign monitoring and segregation or well-being checks.
g. Medication services.
h. Federal Marshall, ICE detainees or Pasco county Juveniles retained under contract agreement where the county is reimbursed for expenses.