It is the policy of the Bureau of Prisons to provide essential medical care and treatment of inmates during incarceration. Decisions concerning treatment and appointment times will be made solely by medical staff.
Medical and Dental Sick Call Procedures
If you need medical attention, you must report to the Health Services Unit on the sick call 10 minutes move (between approximately 6:30 – 7:00 a.m) to sign up for sick call. Sick call is held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. There is no sick call on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, or during Federal Holidays. Any inmates reporting to sick call after the ten minute move is closed will not be seen. Your medical and dental needs will be evaluated and an appointment time to return for further evaluation will be given, if necessary. All other visits to Health Services Unit, except emergencies, will be by appointment only. BE PROMPT. Inmates must present their identification card upon request. No inmate is permitted in the Health Services Unit without an appointment or pass. For further information refer to the Institution Supplement Entitled Medical and Dental Care of Inmates.
Medical care is available 24-hours daily. Should you become ill or injured after sick call, notify your supervisor or another staff member. The medical staff will then arrange for you to be seen in the Health Services Unit. No inmate will go to Health Services Unit without a staff member clearing the visit with the medical staff first.
Certain medications are dispensed one dose at a time. If you are prescribed such a medication, you will be instructed to report to the Health Services Unit at the appropriate times to receive your medication. Refer to the Pill Line Schedule posted by the pharmacy.
A.M. Insulin Line FCI 6:15 am – 7:00 am FPC 6:00 am – 6:15 am
Noon Pill Line FCI 11:00 am – 12:45 pm FPC 11:30 am – 11:45 am
PM Insulin Line FCI 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm FPC 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Pill Line FCI 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm FPC 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm (announced overhead)
Eyeglass prescriptions determined as a non-professional prescription (reading only) will not be provided by Health Services. Inmates may purchase this item through Commissary.
Any inmate in need of eyeglasses must submit an “Inmate Request to Staff Member” (Cop-Out) to the Health Services Unit requesting an eye examination. Routine eye exams will be provided to the inmate every two years. If at any time before the two years, the inmate experiences a condition that the inmate feels requires the attention of the optometrist, the inmate would report to sick call for evaluation. Upon sick call evaluation, if it is determined the inmate needs to be seen prior to the two years, a consultation will be written for the optometrist. After an eye examination has been performed by an Optometrist, each inmate has two options; the institution will provide a pair of standard issue eyeglasses obtained from the Federal Prison Industries, FCI Butner, N.C., or the inmate can request a copy of his/her eye examination prescription and have a pair of eyeglasses mailed in from an outside vendor only at the inmates expense. Only the Health Systems Administrator may authorize eyeglasses to be mailed in from the outside vendor. An inmate will contact their unit team who will forward a completed authorization to receive package form to the Health Systems Administrator for approval. NOTE: If an inmate is going to purchase eyeglasses from an outside vendor, the following restrictions will apply:
a.) The eyeglasses frame must be plain black plastic, no designer frame.
b.) The eyeglasses lens must not have any tint unless authorized by the Clinical Director or by the Health Systems Administrator.
c.) The institution will not be responsible for fitting, adjusting, repairing or replacing lost glasses purchased from the outside vendor.
d.) The total claim value for the pair of eyeglasses must not exceed $100.00.
Repair of privately obtained eyeglasses will be at the inmates expense.
NOTE: Inmates that are provided BOP glasses, will be responsible for that pair of glasses. Health services will not replace lost, broken, stolen, or mistreated eyeglasses until the next routine eye exam which is every two years. The inmate may replace the glasses at the inmates expense from the community with the HSAs approval. Once received by the mail room, the Health Systems Administrator will check the eyeglasses to ensure they meet the authorization requirements and release them to the inmate.
The use of contact lenses in this institution will not be authorized unless they are prescribed by an Optometrist, in consultation with the Clinical Director/Health Systems Administrator, to address a specific ocular condition. With approved use of contact lenses, the proper solution will be provided by Health Services through Pharmacy Services.
Initial exam – An initial complete physical examination (medical and dental) to determine needs will be done on all new commits within 14 days of admission. A DNA specimen by finger stick will be collected at this time. If you have already received a physical exam prior to your transfer to FCI/FPC Pekin another exam will not be required here. Any other periodic health examination will be provided only if medically indicated. If you have a health problem which you think may be more than routine, you should report to Sick Call for an appointment. An inmate being released from custody may request a medical evaluation if he or she has not had one within one year prior to the expected date of release. Such examination should be conducted within two months prior to release.
Emergency Dental Care
Routine Dental Care
Routine dental care is elective and is requested by each inmate through an inmate request to staff or “cop-out”. Each request is responded to by dental staff and the inmate is placed on a chronological waiting list for treatment, unless there are special health reasons to establish other priorities. It is important for each inmate to watch the call-out list and to be present for his scheduled appointment.
Accessory Dental Care
Accessory dental care includes crown and bridge work, orthodontics, implants, and TMJ surgery. These are not provided to the inmate population.
All inmates have access to Bureau health care services. The Bureau will charge a co-pay fee for inmate requested visits to health care providers. Inmates will not be denied access to necessary health care because of an inmates inability to pay the co-pay fee.
Payment for health care services – generally, you must pay a fee of $2.00 per health care visit or health care service if you:
a. receive health care services in connection with a health care visit that you requested (except for services described in the P.S. 6031.02, Co-Pay Program); or
b. 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.
You will not be charged a health care service fee if you are considered indigent and unable to pay the health care service fee. The Warden may establish rules and processes to prevent abuses of this provision.] An inmate without funds (indigent inmate) is an inmate who has not had a trust fund account balance of $6.00 for the past 30 days. In addition, co-payment fees are waived when appointments or services, including follow up appointments, are initiated by medical staff.
Any healthcare concerns may be addressed with the Health Service Administrator or his/her designee during noon mainline on weekdays for the FCI and Thursday noon mainline at the FPC. You are encouraged to attempt to resolve your concerns at the lowest level. If further remedy is needed you may utilize the more formal process of administrative remedies through your unit team.