Wednesday, November 4, 2020
The Atlantic County Justice Facility was selected from 500 accredited prisons, jails and juvenile facilities to receive the 2020 Facility of the Year Award from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.
“When health staff, custody staff and leadership work together to provide their best, along with numerous community partners, the results go above and beyond the requirements of our jail standards,” according to the NCCHC. “That is what was found at the Atlantic County Justice Facility in Mays Landing, New Jersey.”
“I could not be more proud of Warden David Kelsey and his staff as well as our community partners who have worked extremely hard to provide quality health care for our inmates,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. “This prestigious award and national recognition are a testament to their dedicated efforts.”
The Atlantic County Justice Facility houses male and female inmates who are pre-trial county-sentenced and state inmates who are contracted to the facility. Unlike most county jails, it is operated by the county executive and his administration.
The NCCHC cited the availability of health administrators to address patient concerns, comprehensive mental health coverage, on-site medication-assisted treatment and counseling, an extensive re-entry program and case management services that all contribute to cooperation and coordination of services.
“This recognition truly represents a collaborative approach between our health care providers and our correctional staff to deliver the best care to our inmate population,” he added.
The justice facility also provides monthly suicide prevention training and drills to help staff feel well-prepared for real-life situations. In addition, health services vendors meet monthly to share information, concerns and achievements.
“The Atlantic County Justice Facility will continue to strive for excellence and uphold its reputation as one of the premier correctional facilities in the country,” stated Levinson.