Volusia Jail Changes Inmate Health Care Provider

Why Proper Inmate Health Care Is So Important To The General Public's Health

October 15, 2014
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Bye Bye Corizon
Nine Year Contractual Relationship
Comes To An End

On October 2, 2014 - the Volusia County Council vote to end the county's nine (9) year contractual relationship with the county jail's health care provider, Corizon Health.

VolusiaExposed attended and recorded the entire County Council's review of the jail's health care contract. These videos are available for your review from the right side of your screen. --->

Corizon took over inmate health care in October 2005 from Halifax Hospital, after a decade long contractual relationship with the hospital.

Corizon Health came to Volusia County under the banner of Prison Health Services.

Halifax Hospital took over inmate health care in the mid-1990's after a grand jury recommendation that the county seek a private health care provider.

A grand jury reviewed the March 1993 in-custody death of Michelle Wilson, a young pregnant inmate.

Corizon / Prison Health Services
Prior Litigation History

Should Their Prior Record Have Precluded
A Volusia County Contract?

During the recent County Council meeting - the council focused on the litigation history of all three health care companies that had submitted bids for the jail's health care contract.

While we applaud the current County Council on questioning the companies past and present litigation histories, it was something the 2005 County Council probably should have focused on prior to awarding Prison Health Services / Corizon their initial 2005 contract.

In early 2005, the New York Times published a detailed exposé on both the litigation and medical treatment histories of Corizon / Prison Health Services.

Lessons Learned The Hard Way

Volusia County is NOW clearly aware of Corizon's rather large litigation history - the county has been or is currently a co-defendant in several of these Corizon lawsuits.

The on-going lawsuit involving the 2007 in-custody death of 27 year old, mother of two, Tracy Veira comes to mind.

Florida Department Of Corrections'
Opinion Regarding Corizon Health

Florida Threatening To With-Hold Funds

In 2013, the Florida Department of Corrections (Florida State Prisons) awarded Corizon Health a 1.2 Billion dollar contract to maintain inmate health care within several prisons across Florida.

According to a recent media article, as well as a recent letter from Florida Corrections Secretary, Mike Crews to Corizon's CEO - the Florida Department of Corrections has some serious concerns regarding the level of health care Corizon is providing to Florida's prison inmates.

October 2, 2014 - Volusia County Council

County Administration's Presentation To Council Members

Armor Correctional Health Services' Pitch To Council Members

Correct Care Solutions' Pitch To Council Members

Corizon's Pitch To Council Members

Council's Q&A and Vote On Jail's Health Care Provider

Florida Corrections Secretary, Mike Crews' letter advises Corizon that if the level of health care is not immediately raised to acceptable levels, Florida will with hold contractual payments, and consider ending their relationship with Corizon.

Maybe, the bad blood between the Florida Department of Corrections, coupled with the litigation Volusia County has suffered under Corizon, influenced the Volusia County Council's recent vote not to renew the inmate health care contract with Corizon? Corizon failed to secure any votes in their favor. The contract was awarded to Armor Correctional Heath Services.

Why Jail & Prison Health Is So Important To The General Health Of The Public
What State And Local Officials Don't Want The Public To Know
These Private Inmate Health Care Companies Financially Depend On Weak Medical Oversight Protocols

Florida County Jails
The Honor System On Jail Oversight

In October 1996 the Florida legislature gave up on government oversight of their county jails. For decades prior, Florida county jails were answerable to state inspections and oversight via Florida Administrative Code 33-8 (FAC33-8). These mandatory inspections and oversight authority included, the adherence to very strict medical standards and protocols.

Upon the discontinuation of the FAC 33-8 oversight system, the Florida legislature authorized a new system of jail oversight operated by the Florida Sheriffs Association. This new inspection and oversight system is referred to as "The Florida Model Jail Standards" (FMJS).

Last month (September 2014), VolusiaExposed posted an article that highlighted our concerns and displeasures with the FMJS oversight system.

Some of our concerns were highlighted by the FMJS Commissioners themselves, during the last meeting of the FMJS Committee (September 2014). Six (6) county correctional facilities have authorized exemptions of having to meet minimal FMJS health care standards. However, in reality all county correctional facilities are exempt from all FMJS standards, due to the fact that participation in the FMJS oversight system is totally voluntary. Further, unlike in the previous FAC 33-8 oversight system, the FMJS Commission has no enforcement authority.

Maybe after eighteen (18) years under this voluntary, and honor system based jail oversight system - some of the causation for the Escambia County's jail explosion last April (2014) is not as elusive as first thought?

2011 - Florida Legislature Kisses Medical Oversight In Their Prison System Goodbye
Couple This With The 1996 Repeal Of FAC 33-8,
And It's Christmas 365 Days A Year, For The Private Inmate Health Care Industry

As discussed in a August 19, 2011 Sun Sentinel article, the 2011 Florida Legislature decided that it was a smart idea to de-fund the Florida Correctional Medical Authority (CMA) - the medical oversight authority within the state's prison system. Heck, even Governor Scott attempted to veto the disbandment of the CMA - but his veto was over-ridden by the legislature.

With the CMA quickly laid to rest - Corizon was able to successfully secure their 2013 1.2 Billion dollar contract with the Florida Department of Corrections to provide health care to Florida's prison inmates. And as earlier stated in this article, the Florida Department of Corrections now finds itself getting subpar health care from Corizon Health. With the CMA cold in it's grave - should we really be all that surprised that a for profit prison health care provider is attempting to provide substandard health care? Afterall - whom of importance is going to complain - surely not the prison inmates, right? I mean, after all, the politicians in the Florida Legislature probably received their well deserved election campaign donations from the appropriate private health care providers - right? So why are State Officials, like Corrections Secretary, Mike Crews rocking the boat? Could it be the probable federal investigations regarding some questionable prison inmates deaths, that have inspired the likes of Crews, and the Volusia County Council to see the light?

Bogus Medical Oversight Systems Only Invites Chaos

In our article last month (September 2014), we briefly discussed how a lackadaisical jail / prison oversight system could quickly put the entire general population's health at risk.

Ironically, we expressed an opinion that the next Typhoid Mary was awaiting discovery within one of our local jails and prisons.

According to the attached media article, earlier this month (October 2014), the Volusia County jail had an Ebola scare. -->

A quick GOOGLE search will reveal that other jails / prisons across this nation had similar Ebola scares.

While Volusia County officials assured the public that the incident at the jail was not a threat to public safety - we (VolusiaExposed) suggest that is NOT entirely factual.

Obviously, since the jail inmate did NOT have the Ebola virus - the incident itself was not a direct threat to the general health of the entire county. However, we (VolusiaExposed) question whether the jail's, and it's health care provider's protocols are well enough developed to deal with an infectious disease outbreak.

We (VolusiaExposed) invite our readers to review Corizon's -"Intake Screening Form" and their written "Ebola Suspect Screening And Treatment" instructions.

Click Image To Review Media Article

Take note that the screening form was developed in May 2014 - while the screening and treatment instructions were apparently updated (OR DEVELOPED?) on October 6, 2014 - the apparent date of the jail's Ebola scare.

This is a situation that VolusiaExposed will continue to monitor.


If you found this article to be thought provoking, we (VolusiaExposed.Com) invite you to review, the below linked, Special Investigative Report, exposing law enforcement corruption with the State of Florida.


by Matthew Doig and Anthony Cormier
Tarnished badge, flawed system
Police unions / political clout
Predator in uniform?
What the personnel files reveal
Problems and solutions
Flagrant abuses invite little scrutiny
Problem officers still find work
How serious offenses go unreported
Sworn to protect....their pensions
Governor investigates CJSTC
Additional concerns surrounding the
Volusia County Sheriff's Department

VCSO deputy supplies underage females with alcohol.

VCSO deputy sexually approaches female prisoner?

Sex and the Badge
Extra-martial affairs within the VCSO?

VCSO deputy engaging in sexual relationship, while on duty?

VCSO deputy attempts romantic relationship with felony suspect?

VCSO deputy sexually assaults handcuffed woman.

VCSO deputy reprimanded for domestic violence arrest

VCSO Frangiamore-Carper murder-suicide incident

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