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NCSO jail receives health care accreditation

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center receives an accreditation award Saturday for health care standards from the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare during the NCCHC Spring Conference held in Atlanta. Pictured here are, from left, Sandra DellaFortuna with NaphCare, NCSO Chief Deputy Jerry Carter, Dr. Brent Gibson with NCCHC, Sheriff Ezell Brown, Mona Bertz with NaphCare, Lt. Paul Gunter, and Capt. Sammy Banks. (Special photo)

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center receives an accreditation award Saturday for health care standards from the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare during the NCCHC Spring Conference held in Atlanta. Pictured here are, from left, Sandra DellaFortuna with NaphCare, NCSO Chief Deputy Jerry Carter, Dr. Brent Gibson with NCCHC, Sheriff Ezell Brown, Mona Bertz with NaphCare, Lt. Paul Gunter, and Capt. Sammy Banks. (Special photo)

COVINGTON — The Newton County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center has earned accreditation for health care standards from the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC).

The NCCHC is a private, not-for-profit organization that developed an accreditation program for correctional institutions based upon nationally accepted standards for health services. A team composed of clinical professionals and other health administrators who understand the correctional industry make an assessment of the facility, reviewing its medical and mental health services delivery program.

The NCCHC survey team found the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center to be in 100 percent compliance with the organization’s standards.

“On behalf of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, it gives me great pleasure to acknowledge the receipt of certification from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. We are proud to be among law enforcement and correctional facilities that support efficient, high quality care for residents,” said Sheriff Ezell Brown during the NCCHC Spring Conference held Saturday in Atlanta. “Our organization welcomed the opportunity to enter into a process valuing the overall benefit of total disease management. After a self-evaluation, we engaged in the process of rewriting our policies and procedures and are happy to meet the high standards. We want to thank our health care and detention staff for helping make this certification possible.”

The Newton County Detention Center is pursuing American Correctional Association Accreditation, which the Sheriff’s Office is targeting to be completed by 2016.

The NCSO law enforcement division was state certified by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police in July 2012 and is currently working toward receiving the national Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), which should be completed in 2017.