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Case Study: Correctional Facility Expansion Creates Blueprint for Future Inmate Healthcare Services

stockton300aAn innovative facility that provides intermediate medical and mental health care for patient-inmates within the California state prison system recently underwent a major expansion which included the installation of multiple Norix Furniture product solutions.

Designed to centralize care for incarcerated felons with significant healthcare needs, the California Health Care Facility- Stockton (CHCFS) provides an array of clinical functions and mental health services in a maximum security facility. Beginning in the fall of 2013, inmates from California’s 33 state prisons requiring acute medical care or psychiatric treatment will be relocated to CHCFS.

The 144 acre site, which includes 57 buildings and 1,722 beds, is pioneering inmate medical and mental healthcare in the state penal system and is providing a blueprint for aging inmate populations nationwide. By consolidating the state’s inmates that require 24 hour nursing care, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is able to provide the required level of service with licensed medical professionals on-site at CHCFS.

As part of the expansion, the new CHCFS facility needed furniture that offered functional flexibility for a variety of inmate classifications as future inmate counts for medical and mental health treatment change. Additionally, it was imperative that the interiors and furnishings introduce an element of color (as opposed to traditional prison grays) to create a calming, healing environment, and be durable, structurally robust, tamper resistant and safe for inmates and staff.

stockton300bThe scope of this new construction project necessitated a high level of coordination with regard to furniture production, delivery and installation. Norix coordinated logistics and performed select installation services.

According to Trey Freeman from CDCR, Norix furnishings achieved all the operational objectives for this vanguard correctional healthcare facility. The California Health Care Facility – Stockton welcomed its first inmate patient on July, 15, 2013. The entire CHCFS campus is expected to be fully operational by year end.

Download and read the California Health Care Facility- Stockton case study to learn more about the project and the Norix product solutions installed there.

Dustin Coleman is a brand journalist for Norix Furniture and a contributor to the Safe Environments blog.

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