Correctional Health Services
On January 1, 2016, under the direction of the Correctional Health Services (CHS) division of the NYC Health + Hospitals (NYC H+H), PAGNY began providing medical and mental health services to the patients in New York City’s correctional facilities. Through this affiliation, PAGNY hired more than 700 highly qualified employees, the majority of which are medical and mental health professionals.
These staff members provide health care to patients, as well as to children under one year of age, who are housed at Rikers Island where their mothers are incarcerated. The newly hired providers include primary care physicians, psychiatrists, podiatrists, methadone counselors, and licensed practical nurses. Under CHS supervision, PAGNY staff will help to improve the quality of care for patients, participate in new training programs and engage in important groundbreaking research.
With approximately 55,000 admissions per year and an average daily population of 10,000, the NYC jail system is one of the largest in the nation. CHS is a national leader in the delivery of health care to the justice-involved population and, with PAGNY’s active support, aspires to the highest standards of care with the goal of meeting or exceeding what is available in the community. CHS conducts a comprehensive medical and mental health assessment for every patient at the point of admission, offers robust screening for infectious diseases (HIV, hepatitis C, STDs, TB, etc.) and helps with the management of chronic and acute conditions. CHS is committed to improving the quality and continuity of care provided to its patients both during and after incarceration, and to the population health of the communities to which our patients return.
CHS has contributed to the literature on medical care in the jail as well as public health concerns related to incarceration and seeks to build on its reputation as a national leader, now integrated into the larger NYC H+H health care delivery network.
PAGNY and CHS seek to promote an academic practice environment with ample opportunities for continuous education, clear pathways for career growth and engagement of front line staff in the ongoing process of improving clinical care.