Medical and Dental Services
The Health Services Department at FDC Houston provides medical and dental services to the inmate population. A fee of $2.00 for health care services, will be charged to your Inmate Commissary Account, per health care visit, when you receive health care services in connection with a health care visit that you requested. These requested appointments include Sick Call and after-hours requests to see a health care provider.
A copay fee will not be charged for: referrals made by Health Services staff, health care staff-approved follow-up treatment, preventive health care services, emergency services, prenatal care, diagnosis or treatment of chronic infectious diseases, mental health care or substance abuse treatment.
Routine medical and dental evaluations are conducted by a qualified health care practitioner Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, except on Federal holidays in the activities room of each housing unit. Sick call is conducted in the morning and will be announced upon the arrival of clinical staff. A Health Services clinical staff member will conduct daily rounds in the Special Housing Unit, after the 5:00 a.m count. During sick call, inmates will be seen by a practitioner and have the opportunity to voice his or her chief complaint. He or she will then be placed into one of the following categories:
Exacerbation or deterioration of a disease process or an acute process that is likely to worsen before an Intermediate Visit can be scheduled. The patient will be given an appointment the date of sign-up.
Chronic or acute disease process of a non-complex nature. The patient will be scheduled within five (5) days, date and time determined by the clinician, using his or her professional judgement.
Minor acute or chronic processes that do not meet the criteria of a Complex or Intermediate Visit and can be scheduled within seven (7) days.
Over-the-counter Medication (OTC)
Inmates will be referred to the commissary for complaints of a cosmetic or general hygiene nature and to treat or alleviate common symptoms without the need for a medical examination, consistent with self-treatment practices in the community. A medical evaluation may be necessary by the clinician before referring an inmate to the commissary. Inmates will use their personal funds to purchase OTC medications from the commissary.
Newly incarcerated inmates are screened for contagious diseases, active substance abuse, chronic diseases or mental illness that requires prompt medical intervention. A complete physical examination (PE), including dental screening, laboratory tests, and immunizations, will be completed on all inmates.
Pill lines is offered three times a day at 6:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. The insulin line is held in conjunction with the 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. pill lines. Inmates must be in their assigned unit to participate in pill line and/or insulin line.