Corrections Medicine is a program within the Public Health and Primary Care Integration Division of the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health and is located onsite in the Buzz Westfall Justice Center. The Department of Justice Services oversees the safety and security in the Buzz Westfall Justice Center and works in concert with the Corrections Medicine staff to ensure incarcerated individuals have their medical needs addressed.
Our program provides medical, mental health, and dental services for individuals incarcerated in the Buzz Westfall Justice Center, as well as provide medical services for youth housed at the St. Louis County Family Courts Juvenile Detention Center. The Buzz Westfall Justice Center is accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA) and adheres to the ACA standards. The Juvenile Detention Center is accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.
The Corrections Medicine Department, under the direction of the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health strives to provide high quality services to the incarcerated population of Saint Louis County. This is accomplished by encouraging a collaborative relationship with the Saint Louis County Court System, Justice Services, and Community Resources to facilitate an increased awareness of health issues amongst the incarcerated residents.
The Corrections Medicine Department, under the direction of the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health has the vision to coordinate and allocate resources for prevention and outreach to promote and create a healthy and safe environment and ensure continuity of care for residents released from the Buzz Westfall Justice Center into our community, with the ultimate goal of improving their health, improving their quality of life, and reducing recidivism.
Nurses are the Patient’s Advocate.
Correctional Nurses recognize that inmates are our patients. Nurses maintain a non-judgmental relationship with all patients. Correctional nurses are the inmate’s advocate for health care while they are incarcerated. Each incarcerated patient is guaranteed health care by law, and each nurse is responsible for advocating for their care.
Correctional Nurses recognize that the jail environment is different from a hospital environment. Special skills are required for nurses to maintain professional behavior with each other, with incarcerated patients, and with Correctional Officers.