The Sacramento County Probation Department’s Youth Detention Facility
(YDF) has received accreditation through the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). The YDF, also known as “Juvenile Hall,” was evaluated based on NCCHC Standards for Health Services this past spring and was notified of accreditation earlier this month.
As part of its review, the NCCHC toured the YDF clinic area, housing areas, and intake/receiving area. They reviewed health records; policies and procedures; provider licenses; administrative, health staff, and continuous quality improvement meeting minutes; job descriptions; statistical and environmental inspection reports; and health services personnel and CO training records. They also interviewed the chief; responsible physician; health services administrator; other health, mental health and dental staff; custody chief; probation officers; and five juveniles selected at random.
“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this accreditation through the NCCHC,” said Marlon Yarber, Interim Chief Probation Officer. “The YDF team, including all of our health care professionals, strives to provide a safe and secure environment for the youth who find themselves in our care, and this accreditation tells me we are doing a great job accomplishing that goal.”
NCCHC’s standards have helped correctional facilities improve the health of their youth and the communities to which they return, increase the efficiency of their health services delivery, strengthen their organizational effectiveness, and reduce their risk of adverse patient outcomes and legal judgments.