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Health Services
Health Services
Health Services Description
Health Services provides health care to inmates at each state institution operated by the department.  State and federal laws have established that inmates are entitled to health care during incarceration.  Health care services available to inmates must be comparable to health care provided in the community in order to meet the state's legal obligation.  This means that all types and levels of health care must be provided in a clinically appropriate manner by properly credentialed professionals in settings equipped and designed for the delivery of health care.  Health care includes medical, dental and psychiatric/mental health services.
The Health Services Division is comprised of an administrative unit which sets policy and long-term direction and a series of operational units representing the health care program at each facility.  The health care program at each of the correctional institutions operated by the department is responsible for delivering health care to inmates consistent with policy centrally established by the division.  The Health Services Division employs more than 500 health care personnel and manages a number of agreements with health care organizations in communities throughout Oregon and the surrounding states in order to deliver constitutionally adequate health care.