NYC Health + Hospitals/Correctional Health Services has the unique opportunity to cushion the impact of incarceration and the responsibility to address the health needs of patients to better prepare them to leave jail and not return.
Our work includes the following.
Enhanced Pre-Arraignment Screening Services (EPASS) screen for and provide limited treatment of medical and mental health conditions to enable individuals in custody to proceed through their arraignment processing and, for consenting patients, expedite connection with their attorney about alternatives to detention. EPASS locations are in the courthouses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens; and the Bronx in late 2019.
Forensic Psychiatric Evaluation Court Clinics (FPECC) conduct court-ordered psychiatric evaluations of adult criminal defendants related to competence to stand trial or pre-sentencing investigations. FPECC locations are in the courthouses in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.
Jail Health Services offer a full range of health care to all persons in the custody of the NYC Department of Correction, including the following:
Mental health care
Substance use treatment
Social work services
Specialty and Urgicare services
Geriatric and complex care
Discharge planning and re-entry services
Point of Re-entry and Transition (PORT) program is a collaboration among CHS and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County hospitals. PORT was created to help support and sustain successful re-entry into the community following incarceration in the City’s system. PORT includes:
Community health workers who help patients connect with health care at Bellevue and Kings
New clinics established specifically for the PORT program
CHS providers working in the PORT clinics to help promote continuity of care from jail to community
If you have concerns about the health care provided in the City’s jails, then you can contact the CHS Patient Relations department by calling (347) 774-7030 from Monday through Friday, during the hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm, or emailing CHSPatientRelations@nychhc.org at any time.
If you would like to request the medical records of a current or former patient, please email your request to the CHS Medical Records Unit at CHSMedicalRecords@nychhc.org or fax to (347) 774-8153. Please note that a patient consent form is required by law in order for medical records to be released.
Creative Arts Therapy
This multimedia art exhibit features the powerful narratives of CHS patients who participate in the Creative Arts Therapy Program, the oldest and largest jail-based arts therapy program in the nation. This year’s catalog includes approximately 40 pieces, ranging from collages and sketches to songs and poems, which were created over the last year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists worked with our licensed art therapists, who are part of our Mental Health Service, to express their thoughts and emotions through artistic mediums.