Southern Health Partners, Inc. is contracted with J. Reuben Long Detention Center to provide inmate healthcare services within the jail. Medical duties include ordering and administration of all medications, regular sick call clinics for the inmates, weekly physician sick call and coordination of outside specialty services and or clinics. Medical duties do not include diet requests, commissary requests, and/or requests for extra mattresses, special shoes, etc. (unless medically warranted).
INMATE REQUESTS TO SEE MEDICAL STAFF
All inmates requesting to see the medical staff must complete a sick call request via the kiosk. This includes: medical; dental; and mental health services. The nurse will alert the correctional officers of those inmates to be seen for sick call, and they will be brought to medical for assessment at the scheduled sick call times. Inmates are charged a co-pay for services requested, as well as for medications, in accordance with jail policy.
Medical staff passing medication will only be performing those functions, and not regular sick call during those times. If an inmate has a medical request, they must complete a sick call request so they can be triaged accordingly. Medication pass times are based on medication orders, and therefore dosages may be changed to accommodate medication pass times. Further, medications may change in appearance due to making generic substitutions.
INMATE REQUESTS TO SEE OWN PRIVATE PHYSICIAN AND/OR REQUESTS TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL
Any inmate who requests to see their own private physician and/or requests to go the hospital is responsible for the prior payment of those services. This must be cleared by the Medical Staff and Jail Administration first. Further, any prescription received from a private physician and/or the hospital is the responsibility of the inmate to pay prior to the inmate receiving the medications. Also, please note the Detention Center has a limited narcotic usage policy and therefore any narcotic medications are reviewed by medical staff and may be changed by the physician/medical staff to a non-narcotic substitute and/or a generic substitution.
In the event of a medical emergency, inmates should notify the correctional officers immediately. The correctional officer(s) will contact the medical staff to handle the medical emergency.
MEDICAL CO-PAY CHARGES
There is a medical co-pay in place within this facility whereby the inmate’s commissary account is charged. The inmate is charged for medical services, medications, etc. as outlined in the Inmate Handbook or the sick call slip, in accordance with Detention Center policy. Keep in mind, the commissary has several over-the-counter medications available to inmates.
HISTORY AND PHYSICAL / TB SCREENING AND/OR TESTING
If an inmate has any special medical conditions, he/she should inform the medical staff at the time of his/her medical interview. Previous treatment records from the inmate’s physician is required and therefore, the inmate is required to sign an authorization release of records form. Without receipt of the treatment records, and/or verification of previous medical history, medications will not be distributed to the inmate (unless ordered by the physician).
Due to HIPAA regulations, an inmate's health information cannot be discussed with anyone other than the inmate. If there are any questions regarding these regulations, please visit http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/summary/index.html or contact Valerie Weaver, RN, CCHP at (843) 915-6899.
Under the HIPAA and medical confidentiality rules, no medical information is released to family members, friends, etc. A formal request may be made upon the inmate’s consent and authorization, and fees will be charged according to rules and regulations.
RIGHT TO REFUSE TREATMENT
A patient has the right to refuse medical treatment. Upon patient’s refusal, the patient is asked to sign a Refusal of Treatment and Release of Responsibility form. The patient will then assume all personal responsibility for the conditions that may occur as a result of his/her refusal of treatment. If the patient later decides to seek medical treatment, the patient must notify the medical staff immediately.
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*Please note: Due to security reasons, the staff at J. Reuben Long Detention Center cannot give out any information concerning an inmate leaving the facility for any type of medical treatment.