Westchester Department of Correction re-accredited

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WHITE PLAINS – The Westchester County Department of Correction (DOC) has earned re-accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care by demonstrating compliance with NCCHC’s nationally recognized standards of care for correctional health services in jails. Accreditation recognizes the department’s commitment to providing quality health services for their incarcerated population.

To earn the accreditation, the department underwent a rigorous professional assessment in May 2022. During the assessment, a team of experienced physicians and experts in correctional health care surveyed the facility for compliance with jail-specific standards in several areas such as patient care and treatment, health promotion, safety and disease prevention, governance and administration, personnel and training, special needs and services and medical-legal issues.

Of the 38 applicable commission’s essential standards the department was found to be in 100 percent compliance.

“We have a constitutional obligation to provide health care to those incarcerated in our jail, and are committed to doing so with innovation, excellence, and efficiency,” said County Executive George Latimer. “I commend the Wellpath health care staff, custody staff, and the DOC leadership team for their hard work and dedication on behalf of the incarcerated individuals in our care.”