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Private firm to handle health care at jail

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A new health care provider will care for inmates in the county jail.

Starting in December, Advanced Correctional Healthcare will become the medical care provider for inmates at the Johnson County jail.

The county will pay $397,000 for the company’s services each year, plus another $100,000 for other costs, such as medications not provided by the company and emergency hospital visits. Previously, Johnson Memorial Hospital provided care at the jail. The hospital decided not to renew the contract this year.

The new contract will increase the amount of time doctors and nurses spend at the jail, Sheriff Doug Cox said. A doctor will come to the jail once a week and stay as long as necessary. Nurses will be available for 124 hours a week, and mental health counseling services will be available each week, as well.

The company, which serves 36 jails in Indiana, also will do X-rays at the jail and provide some common prescription drugs, which could save money, Cox said.

Inmates still will be taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital for emergencies or treatment that can’t be done at the jail, Cox said.

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