The city of Las Vegas Department of Public Safety has again earned accreditation for its demonstrated compliance with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) "Standards for Health Services in Jails." This prestigious recognition was awarded to the city of Las Vegas Detention Center for meeting the respected standards in correctional health care. The Detention Center was first accredited in 1999 and has maintained its commitment to quality patient care for 23 years.
The Detention Center underwent a rigorous on-site survey in September 2021. An experienced medical administration team and other professionals in correctional health care surveyed the facility for compliance with standards on continuous quality improvement, safety, infection control, chronic care, personnel and training, medical and mental health care, health records and legal issues.
"Achieving this award and maintaining our level of care during COVID-19 is a testament to our commitment and dedication to the continuous delivery of quality health care for the resident population,” said city of Las Vegas Public Safety Deputy Chief Danielle Davis. "In addition, our medical contract provider, NaphCare, has worked diligently to achieve the NCCHC accreditation. This process was demanding, and our success is attributed to all of the hard-working medical professionals, corrections officers and supervisors."
The city of Las Vegas Department of Public Safety is celebrating its 40th year of service to the community this year. Along with operating the detention center, the department provides policing at city parks and facilities through the Las Vegas Deputy City Marshals, and provides Animal Protective Services.
NCCHC has surveyed and accredited jails, prisons, and juvenile detention and confinement facilities for 40 years. The NCCHC standards used in accreditation are developed with input from the nation's experts in correctional health care. There are approximately 500 accredited jails in the United States.
"In achieving NCCHC accreditation, the Las Vegas Detention Center has demonstrated its commitment to meeting constitutional requirements for health care delivery for incarcerated individuals," said National Commission CEO Deborah Ross. "Accreditation is a voluntary process, and we commend the Las Vegas Detention Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to provide quality health care and instill confidence in the community it serves."