The jail medical unit is staffed by professional nurses 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The jail staff nurses complete intake assessments on every inmate booked into the jail. The purpose of the intake screen is to assure that the inmate is healthy enough to enter into the back of the jail. There are three major medication passes during the day during which the nurses take medication carts into the inmate housing units and administer medications. The nurses provide necessary medical treatments directly to the inmates and respond to urgent acute care needs throughout the day.
The jail mental health department is part of the medical unit. Mental health counselors are available 7 days a week to provide mental health evaluations and oversight. Medical clinics take place two times weekly. Inmates with medical issues are scheduled during clinic time to be seen and treated by the jail physician. Mental health clinics are held two times weekly by the jail clinical psychiatrist and a mental health nurse practitioner.
Dental clinics are held two times weekly during which time inmates are scheduled with the jail dentist for specific dental procedures. A dental hygienist is available two times weekly to do preventative care and teaching as well as minor procedures and x-rays.