NCCHC publishes new edition of Standards for Health Services in Juvenile Facilities

CHICAGO – The 2022 edition of NCCHC’s “Standards for Health Services in Juvenile Detention and Confinement Facilities” is now available. A Youth Standards Task Force, made up of physicians, practice nurses, nurses and mental health experts from around the country, spent more than 18 months working on this update to the 2015 “Youth Standards.”

The review brings the standards up-to-date with best practices for evidence-based youth care, as well as consistent with NCCHC’s 2018 “Standards for Health Services” in prisons and prisons.

“Not only does this review reflect our current understanding of trauma-informed care, which is critical to supporting youth engaged in the justice system, but it also recognizes the disproportionate incarceration of minority youth,” Joseph Penn, MD, CCHP- MH, chair of the Juvenile Standards Task Force said. “Issues of particular concern in juvenile detention centers – such as self-harm, self-mutilation and suicide attempts; LGBTQI youth; substance use; medico-legal issues such as the use of restrictive housing, psychotropic rescue medications, and seclusion and coercion; cultural competence; ethical issues; and mandatory reporting – getting attention in the standards.”

A working group of doctors, practice nurses, nurses and mental health experts has spent more than 18 months updating the standards for 2015.

A working group of physicians, practice nurses, nurses and mental health professionals has spent more than 18 months updating the standards for 2015. (NCCHC)

The standards reflect new knowledge gained over the past seven years, particularly in the area of ​​supporting young people with adverse childhood experiences (ACES), such as abuse, neglect and trauma.

“It’s now widely accepted that children and teens aren’t just little adults and need to be treated appropriately,” Penn said. beginning effective therapies to help them avoid risky choices as teens and adults.”

Penn recommends that any institution that holds young people adopt the new standards.

“It doesn’t matter where a young person is housed – prison, juvenile detention or immigration detention – following NCCHC standards will provide appropriate guidance and prevent poor outcomes for both staff and youth.”

NCCHC standards are an essential resource that provides the framework to ensure systems, policies and procedures are in place to produce the best and most effective results. Compliance with these nationally recognized standards helps ensure that facilities provide constitutionally acceptable care and provides a pathway to continuous improvement.

NCCHC accreditation surveys of juvenile facilities will assess compliance with the new standards beginning July 1, 2023. Beginning May 1, the Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) exam will reference the 2022 juvenile health standards.

NCCHC publishes new edition of Standards for Health Services in Juvenile Facilities

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