Colloquium Explores Ways to Transform Correctional and Mental Healthcare

HDR and Hill International sponsored a two-day Correctional Health and Mental Health Colloquium in Dallas, Texas on May 20 and 21. Bringing together experts with a wide range of perspectives from across the county, the group shared ideas and explored trends and lessons learned, policy initiatives and new requirements that address changing care models for inmates with chronic, long-term health and mental heath needs.

In addition to keynote speaker Dr. Michael Puisis, a monitor for the Department of Justice, other participants included Dallas County hosts, Commissioner John Wiley Price and Sheriff Lupe Valdez, representatives from the San Diego County and Los Angeles County Sheriffs’ Departments, leaders in correctional and mental healthcare from Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Wake County, North Carolina and Austin, Texas, along with clinical specialists and architects who design the facilities to house and treat inmate-patients—in conjunction with state and county agencies.

The event capped with presentations by Jennifer L. See, The Restoration Center, Center for Healthcare Services who spoke about effective post incarceration care programs and Steven Rosenberg, president, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS), who discussed how correctional and mental healthcare will morph and be funded in the next decade and beyond.

Highlights of the two-day event included tours of DCSO Facilities at Parkland Hospital and Dallas County Jail Medical Mental Health Modification project.