Medical Program

The active medical caseload represents about 27.11% of the inmate population; about 4,386 unique individuals.

Statewide, each of the 22,084 annual admissions requires a medical and mental health intake screening.

On an average day, CMHC sees 597 inmates at medical sick call, cares for 58 inmates in infirmary beds and four inmates hospitalized at UConn John Dempsey Hospital.

In FY 2016, there were 12,581 visits for care at specialty clinics in Connecticut DOC facilities (orthopaedic services, infectious diseases/HIV, optometry, podiatry, surgery, OB/GYN, and chronic care).

HIV/AIDS (currently 220 patients), tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C, drug and alcohol addiction, STDs, asthma, diabetes, and hypertension are among the serious illnesses overrepresented in this population.

During FY 2016, CMHC had a total of 23 patients in hepatitis C treatment resulting in costs of about one million dollars.

CMHC provides onsite dialysis to inmates. There are currently 12 inmates receiving treatment. Necessary treatment costs are approximately $50,000 per patient per year.

Chronic disease guidelines assist with consistency of care.

CMHC has a robust utilization review process to assess the need for additional services. The medical services director leads this weekly review with participation by other facility-based prescribers.

A Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee meets monthly to develop and review formulary guidelines, medication variances, adverse drug reactions, and to monitor policies and procedures for drug control. Over 13 million doses of medication were dispensed, delivered, and administered over the last year.