An audit performed Oct. 16 and 17th of the medical and mental health services at El Dorado Correctional Facility found the facility to be in total compliance with mandatory standards.
The American Correctional Association (ACA) studied the facility’s adherence to new healthcare standards and, aside from one standard which was deemed “not-applicable,” they found the facility 100 percent compliant on the remaining 135 standards.
Kansas employs the private contractor Correct Care Solutions to provide medical and mental healthcare services at all its prison facilities. EDCF is staffed by 97 Correct Care Solutions employees, including doctors, nurses, physical therapists and mental health professionals. The facility maintains health care for segregated, RDU and general population inmates.
“Health care is a very vital part of our agency and you really do not know how far it extends until you conduct an ACA audit,” said EDCF Deputy Warden Paul Snyder. “I was proud of the presentation of each and every department, the spirit of our professionalism, the team work and the inmate’s mannerism. This speaks high volumes to what we do here at EDCF.”
The audit, in fact, went beyond the work of Correct Care Solutions, commending the entire EDCF staff. The auditors indicated the staff/inmate interaction was found to be positive, and the inmates seemed satisfied with medical services at the facility. They stated it was obvious they had to put forth little effort to pass the standard expectations and the staff obviously cares a great deal about their work. They noted it is hard to maintain such high standards on a facility so multifaceted.