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Bureau of Health Care Services (BHCS)

The Bureau of Health Care Services (BHCS) delivers general health care, psychiatric care, substance abuse treatment, dental care, and pharmacy services. MDOC will integrate all aspects of health care to organize prisoners by their level of care, utilize evidence-based approaches to maximize health outcomes, optimize medication taken by each prisoner, and minimize overall costs. MDOC’s health care delivery system focuses on preventative measures, clinical outcomes, medication management, evidence-based practices, and innovative care approaches, including collaboration between all services. This approach also focuses on ensuring a connection to appropriate care in the community when a prisoner is paroled or discharged.

The Department takes a population health approach to patient care, strategically developing the entire spectrum of health system interventions, including prevention, health promotion, diagnosis, drug interventions, and treatment, for defined populations of prisoners. The approach incorporates elements of many successful care models and care management strategies in use throughout the health care system. 

The MDOC provides general health care, psychiatric health care, and pharmaceutical services to an average of 32,500 prisoners annually at correctional facilities, reentry centers, and some county jails. 

Updated: 05/28/24