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A few days ago, I was reading in The Washington Post that the four-decade rise of incarceration in the U.S. has left us with the world’s highest incarceration rate, while leading to more prisons than degree-granting colleges and universities in the country (see The U.S. Has More Jails Than Colleges. Here’s A Map Of Where Those Prisoners Live). Unfortunately, the corrections market in the U.S. is a robust market.

As a country, we have one of the highest percentages for population incarcerated – an estimated 6,899,000 people were under adult correctional system supervision at year-end 2013, representing about 2.8% of the U.S. population (see Correctional Populations In The United States, 2013). Obviously, this requires large institutions – The Washington Post story I mentioned above reports that the U.S. has roughly 1,800 state and federal correctional facilities and 3,200 local jails. Also obviously, all of these people require health care services of some type, and the recent trend among corrections facilities (like all of government) is to privatize the delivery of those services. In fact, 70% of states have privatized prison health care (see Annual Privatization Report 2014 – Criminal Justice and Corrections).

Since 2009, OPEN MINDS has reported on 699 request for proposals (RFPs) and 279 contract awards totally almost $2.5 billion for corrections health care services. The ten largest of these awards are listed below.

$659 Million – Illinois Awards Medical/Mental Health Care Services Contract to Wexford Health Sources, Inc.
To read the RFP, see Healthcare Services For Illinois Department of Corrections. To read the winning proposal, see Illinois Awards Medical/Mental Health Care Services Contract to Wexford Health Sources, Inc. Illinois Department of Corrections awarded a contract to provide comprehensive medical and mental health services to offenders at twenty-three adult correctional centers in order to maintain their health status, establish innovative and cost effective medical and administrative programs, improve the quality of care, provide acceptable, cost effective levels of staffing, and positively impact purchasing of pharmaceutical and/or medical supplies to Wexford Health Sources, Inc.

$652 Million – Kansas Awards Health Care Services Contract to Corizon, Inc.
To read the RFP, see Kansas Department of Corrections. Kansas Department of Corrections awarded a contract to manage and operate a comprehensive health care services program for adult and juvenile offenders to Corizon, Inc.

$292 Million – Pennsylvania Awards Correctional Health Care Services Contract to Wexford Health Sources, Inc.
To read the RFP, see Correctional Health Care Services. To read the winning proposal, see Pennsylvania Awards Correctional Health Care Services Contract to Wexford Health Sources, Inc. Pennsylvania’s Department of General Services awarded a contract to provide correctional health care services to Wexford Health Sources, Inc.

$153 Million – Virginia Awards Health Care Management Services Contract to Corizon, Inc.
To read the RFP, see The Department of Corrections Procurement and Risk Management. Virginia Department of Corrections awarded a contract to provide health care management services to Corizon, Inc.

$91 Million – Federal Government Awards Managed Health Care Services Contract to League Medical Concepts, LLC
To read the RFP, see Federal Bureau of Prisons Administration Division Managed Healthcare Services. U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons awarded a contract to provide managed health care services for the Federal Correctional Complex located in Beaumont, Texas to League Medical Concepts, LLC.

$89 Million – Pennsylvania Awards Correctional Mental Health Care Services Contract to MHM Correctional Services, Inc.
To read the RFP, see Correctional Mental Health Care Services. Pennsylvania Department of General Services awarded a contract to provide correctional mental health care services to MHM Correctional Services, Inc.

$72 Million – Maryland Awards Inmate Mental Health Care Services Contract to MHM Maryland, Inc.
To read the RFP, see Maryland Inmate Mental Health Care Services. To read the winning proposal, see Maryland Awards Inmate Mental Health Care Services Contract to MHM Maryland, Inc. Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services awarded a contract to provide inmate mental health care services to MHM Maryland, Inc.

$21 Million – Federal Government Awards Medical Services Contract to The Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization
To read the RFP, see Federal Bureau of Prisons Administrative Division Comprehensive Medical Services. U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons awarded a contract to provide comprehensive medical services for the Federal Correctional Complex in Lompoc, California to The Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization.

$21 Million – Federal Government Awards Comprehensive Medical Services Contract to American Correctional Healthcare, Inc.
To read the RFP, see Federal Bureau of Prisons Administration Division Comprehensive Medical Services. U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons awarded a contract to provide comprehensive medical services for the inmate population at the Federal Correctional Complex in Florence, Colorado to American Correctional Healthcare, Inc.

$19 Million – Maine Awards Correctional Health Care Services Contract to Correct Care Solutions, LLC
To read the RFP, see Maine Seeks Correctional Health Care Services. To read the winning proposal, see Maine Awards Correctional Health Care Services Contract to Correct Care Solutions, LLC. Maine Department of Corrections awarded a contract to provide comprehensive correctional health care services for the prisoners and residents in the Department and select county correctional facilities to Correct Care Solutions, LLC.

So far in 2015, there have been 13 RFPs released for prison health care services, including six that are still accepting proposals:

  1. California’s City of San Francisco Seeks Organizational Services
  2. North Carolina Seeks Recidivism Reduction Services
  3. New Mexico Seeks Gender-Responsive Women’s Correctional Facility Services
  4. Wisconsin Seeks Extradition Transport Services
  5. Vermont Seeks Psychosexual Evaluator Services
  6. Indiana’s Marion County Seeks Medical Services

Involvement with the corrections system complicates the delivery of health and social services – with challenges in diversion, coordination, and reentry. And, our team will keep you posted on the developments in this space. For more about corrections health care, check out these resources in our library – Florida Corrections To Rebid Prison Contracts, Why Do States Terminate Rather Than Suspend Inmate Medicaid Benefits?, and Another Reason Why States Terminate Medicaid Benefits When Enrollees Become Incarcerated. And for more, join my colleague Paul Neitman on June 16 for his session, Serving The Criminal Justice Population: Reentry & Community Mental Health Programs, at the 2015 OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute.


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