LARNED — An audit performed by American Correctional Association (ACA) recently of the medical and mental health services at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility (LCMHF) found the facility to be 100 percent compliant with mandatory and non-mandatory standards.
“We couldn’t have done any better,” said Doug Waddington, LCMHF warden. “I want to thank and congratulate our CCS staff for all of the hard work they invested in the accreditation files and services they provide.
“I also want to thank all of the staff throughout the facility. I appreciate that all staff step up to these challenges and the very positive impression of LCMHF and KDOC the auditors left with. It was a great job by all.”
Kansas employs the private contractor Correct Care Solutions to provide medical and mental healthcare services at all its prison facilities. LCMHF is staffed by 37 Correct Care Solutions employees, including doctors, nurses, activities and mental health professionals.
The audit, in fact, went beyond the work of Correct Care Solutions, commending the entire LCMHF staff, citing that staff they interviewed were very knowledgeable and professional.
The auditors indicated the staff/inmate interaction was found to be very positive, and the inmates seemed very satisfied with medical and mental health services at the facility. In particular, the auditors said the medical and mental health team were very professional and quite organized.
The ACA studied the facility’s adherence to 134 new healthcare standards. There are 42 mandatory standards and 92 non-mandatory standards. The purpose of this audit is to accredit LCMHF Medical Services Unit. Dana Phillips from Pittsburg, Pa. and Ken Favier from Lansing, Mich. were the auditors.