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Health Care

Currently, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) arranges for and administers medically necessary health care to approximately 38,000 prisoners annually at 28 correctional facilities and one reentry center. MDOC operates the Duane Waters Health Center (DWH) in Jackson, which has 152 inpatient beds, and houses prisoners whose medical needs cannot be met at other correctional facilities within the state. DWH provides acute medical, outpatient, surgical, long-term care, and 54 extended care beds for patients who do not require inpatient care at DWH, but whose needs could not be met in general population.

Health care services are provided to prisoners using a standard of medically necessary care in accordance with court decisions, legislation, accepted correctional and community  standards of care, and MDOC policies and procedures.

Bureau of Health Care Services Mission:

It is the mission of the Bureau of Health Care Services (BHCS) through leadership and collaboration to foster an integrated approach that leads to improved health outcomes and promotes patient education and patient involvement in their care, which aligns with community standards.

BHCS employs approximately 1,500 employees, which includes medical, dental, mental health, substance abuse and optometry. Medical Providers, Optometrists, and Psychiatrists are provided through outside vendors. BHCS also contracts for pharmacy services and offsite specialty care.

Our staff is truly our greatest resource. BHCS staff demonstrate the highest standard of professionalism in a very challenging environment, balancing the demands associated with maintaining a secure environment and providing quality health care.

The BHCS operates under the following guiding principles: Protecting public safety, promoting a higher level of quality care, maintaining control and accountability, fiscal responsibility, innovation, measuring real outcomes, maximizing opportunities, engaging in cross departmental collaboration, promoting staff and prisoner accountability for health outcomes, maintaining community relationships, and developing collaborative approaches to addressing problems and identifying potential solutions.

BHCS Focus Areas

  • Preventative Measures
  • Clinical Outcomes
  • Innovation
  • Cooperation
  • Collaboration of Services