Dental emergencies, eye examinations, and requests for glasses will be handled through a sick-call appointment. Glasses, if needed, will be prescribed and ordered, delivery of eyeglasses takes about 6 – 8 weeks.
Over 50 years- You may request, via an “Inmate Request to Staff Member” form to the Health Services Administrator, a complete physical each year after attaining the age of 50. This exam will include electrocardiogram, checking for glaucoma and screening for colon cancer.
Under 50 years- You may request, via an “Inmate Request to Staff Member” form to the HSA, a complete physical exam every two years.
Release physical examination-You may request, via an “Inmate Request to Staff Member” form to the HSA, a complete physical prior to your release. Please send the request approximately 45 days prior to your release date.
- Swelling in the jaw or gums that is painful or distorting the face
- Traumatic wounds
- Complications from previous treatment and other conditions that, in the opinion of the examiner, require immediate attention.
Inmates are to sign up for emergency dental sick-call at Health Services during normal sick call hours. Patients who require non-emergency dental care must submit an “Inmate Request to Staff Member’ asking for their name to be placed on the cleaning and/or routine care waiting list. Routine care includes cleaning, permanent fillings and dentures. Dental open house will be conducted the second Wednesday of each month in the Health Services lobby.
Idle or Convalescence
- “Idle” – An inmate must remain in his quarters except to go to meals, medication line, religious services, approved visits, medical call-outs, sick-call, clothing exchange, and commissary on the scheduled night. The inmate is prohibited from participating in any recreational activities outside his quarters. In such cases when the idle slip is marked “bed rest”, the inmate is restricted to his bed for medical reasons.
- “Convalescent” – The inmate does not participate in any work assignment, but he is not restricted to his quarters. He may not participate in activities such as handball, baseball, football, softball, basketball, weight lifting, any organized sport, or other strenuous activity. He may engage in activities such as chess, checkers, and cards. If the inmate is enrolled in a school program, he must attend class unless specifically excused by written statement on the “Convalescent” form.
Medical Restriction – If medically indicated, an inmate will be placed on work/athletic restriction following his initial physical examination or upon discovery of a change in medical status (i.e., disease or injury).
6:00 AM – 6:30 AM
11:30 AM -12:00 PM
8:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Non-restricted medication will normally be available for pick-up at 1:30 PM. These medications will be allowed to be kept by inmates in their possession in their original labeled containers only. Any medications that are found past the expiration date and/or not in the appropriate containers will be considered contraband. Non-restricted medications with prescribed refills available will be refilled if the refill form is completed and dropped off at the pharmacy refill box. These refill forms should be dropped off at the pharmacy refill box during the morning (6:00 AM) pill line. Refills will be available for pick-up during the 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM pill line ONLY. Refills are only provided Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. You must present your ID card before pick-up any medication.
Request for re-designation of inmates requiring non-emergency inpatient medical care or long term chronic care will be forwarded to the Medical Designator, Central Office for consideration.
Visitation during an outside hospitalization is subject to approval by the Health Services Administrator, Captain, and Unit Manager.
Inmate Co-Payment Program
You must pay a fee of $2.00 for health care services, charged to your Inmate Commissary Account, per health care visit, if you receive health care services in connection with a health care visit that you requested, except for services described in section C., below.
These requested appointments include Sick Call and after-hours requests to see a health care provider. If you ask a non-medical staff member to contact medical staff to request a medical evaluation on your behalf for a health service not listed in section C., below, you will be charged a $2.00 copay fee for that visit.
You must pay a fee of $2.00 for health care services, charged to your Inmate Commissary Account, per health care visit, if you are found responsible through the Disciplinary Hearing Process to have injured an inmate who, as a result of the injury, requires a health care visit.
We will not charge a fee for:
- Health care services based on health care staff referrals;
- Health care staff-approved follow-up treatment for a chronic condition;
- Preventive health care services;
- Emergency services;
- Prenatal care;
- Diagnosis or treatment of chronic infectious diseases;
- Mental health care; or
- Substance abuse treatment.
If a health care provider orders or approves any of the following, we will also not charge a fee for:
- Blood pressure monitoring;
- Glucose monitoring;
- Insulin injections;
- Chronic care clinics;
- TB testing;
- Wound Care; or
- Patient education.
Your health care provider will determine if the type of appointment scheduled is subject to a copay fee. Indigency: An indigent inmate is an inmate who has not had a trust fund account balance of $6.00 for the past 30 days.
If you are considered indigent, you will not have the copay fee deducted from your Inmate Commissary Account.
If you are NOT indigent, but you do not have sufficient funds to make the copay fee on the date of the appointment, a debt will be established by TRUFACS, and the amount will be deducted as funds are deposited into your Inmate Commissary Account.
You may seek review of issues related to health service fees through the Bureau’s Administrative Remedy Program (see 28 CFR part 542).
Health Care Rights & Responsibilities
1. Right – You have the right to health care services in accordance with the procedures of this facility. Health services include medical sick call, dental sick call and most support services. Normal Sick-call Sign-up at this facility is held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday between 6:30 A.M. and 7:00 A.M. Emergency health care services are available twenty-four hours each day, and are accessed by contacting the correctional worker responsible for you.
Responsibility – You have the responsibility to comply with the health care policies of this facility. You have the responsibility to follow recommended treatment plans that have been established for you by the facility’s health care staff, including proper use of medications, proper diet, and following the instructions of your health care provider.
2. Right – You have the right to be offered the chance to obtain a Living Will (at your own expense), or to provide the Bureau of Prisons with Advance Directives that would provide the Bureau of Prisons with instructions if you are admitted as the inpatient of a hospital.
Responsibility – You have the responsibility to provide the Bureau of Prisons with accurate information to complete this agreement.
3. Right – You have the right to participate in health promotion and disease prevention programs, including those providing education regarding infectious diseases.
Responsibility – You have the responsibility to maintain your health and not to endanger yourself, or others, by participating in activity that could result in the spreading or catching an infectious disease.
4. Right – You have the right to know the name and professional status of your health care providers.
Responsibility – You have the responsibility to respect these providers as professionals and follow their instructions to maintain and improve your overall health.
5. Right – You have the right to be treated with respect, consideration, and dignity.
Responsibility – You have the responsibility to treat staff in the same manner.
6. Right – You have the right to be provided with information regarding your diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.
Responsibility – You have the responsibility to keep this information confidential.
7. Right – You have the right to be examined in privacy.
Responsibility – You have the responsibility to comply with security procedures.
8. Right – You have the right to obtain copies of certain releasable portions of your health record.
Responsibility – You have the responsibility of being familiar with the current policy to obtain these records.
9. Right – You have the right to address any concern regarding your health care to any member of the institution staff including the physicians, the Health Services Administrator, the members of your Unit Team, and the Warden.
Responsibility – You have the responsibility to address your concerns in the accepted format, such as the Inmate Request to Staff Member form, open house, or the accepted Inmate Grievance Procedures.
10. Right – You have the right to receive prescribed medications and treatments in a timely manner, consistent with the recommendations of the prescribing health care provider.
Responsibility – You have the responsibility to comply with prescribed treatments and follow prescription orders. You also have the responsibility not to provide any other person your medication or other prescribed item.
11. Right – You have the right to be provided healthy and nutritious food. You have the right to instruction regarding a healthy diet.
Responsibility – You have the responsibility to eat healthy and not abuse or waste food or drink.
12. Right – You have the right to request a routine physical examination, as defined by Bureau of Prisons, Policy. (If you are under the age of 50, once every two years; if over the age of 50, once a year.)
Responsibility – You have the responsibility to notify medical staff that you wish to have an examination.
13. Right – You have the right to dental care as defined in Bureau of Prisons’ policy to include preventative services, emergency care and routine care.
Responsibility – You have the responsibility to maintain your oral hygiene and health.
14. Right – You have the right to a safe, clean and healthy environment.
Responsibility – You have the responsibility to maintain the cleanliness and safety in consideration of others.
15. Right – You have the right to refuse medical treatment in accordance with Bureau of Prisons’ policy. Refusal of certain diagnostic tests for infectious diseases can result in administrative action against you. You have the right to be counseled regarding the possible ill-effects of refusing medical treatment.
Responsibility – You have the responsibility to notify health services regarding any ill-effects that occur as a result of your refusal. You also accept the responsibility to sign the treatment refusal form.
16. Right – You have the right to complain of pain, have your pain assessed by medical staff, and have pain treated accordingly.
Responsibility – You have the responsibility to be truthful and not overstate your complaint of pain, and to adhere to the prescribed treatment plan.