Inmates incarcerated in the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Detention facilities receive professional, efficient and required medical treatment of physical illnesses, chemical dependencies, and psychiatric problems during their incarceration.
Medical Services - On July 1, 2003, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors accepted the Sheriff’s Office recommendation for privatization of these services and contracted with Wexford Health Sources, Inc. Wexford Health Sources is a nationally recognized corporation that specializes in providing comprehensive health care services to inmates throughout the United States since early 1992 and currently provides medical services to over 129,000 inmates in 110 facilities across the country. Programs and services provided by Wexford are accredited by the American Correctional Association, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and the Joint Commission of Accreditation for Health Care Organizations.
The Wexford medical staff consists of a Medical Director, Medical Administrator, Nurse Supervisor, Registered Nurses, QA/Infection Control Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurses, Medical Secretaries, Social Workers and contracted Psychiatric and Dental professionals.
Follow this link for employment information: www.wexfordhealth.com
Restoration to Competency (RTC) - “Restoration to Competency” (“RTC”) refers to the psychiatric, medical and educational efforts to restore a mentally impaired criminal defendant to the ability to understand the nature and object of the criminal proceedings which they face, and to assist in their own defense. The need for RTC originates from the defendant’s constitutional rights to a fair trial, and is codified in ARS §13-4501 et seq. and Rule 11 of the Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure. The fact that a person suffers from a mental disorder, defect or disability alone is not sufficient grounds to find a person incompetent to stand trial. RTC is meant to insure the defendant is able to understand the proceedings and meaningfully assist in their defense, and is not designed to medically treat the defendant to the point they are able to lead a “normal” life.
Criminal defendants found not competent may suffer from a variety of mental or developmental problems. RTC efforts generally include (1) analysis of the issues creating the finding of noncompetency, including a determination of the defendant’s efforts to “fake” a competency problem (commonly called “malingering”); (2) psychiatric and/or medical efforts to restore competency; (3) educational efforts to acquaint the defendant with the criminal law process; (4) analysis of the effect of the restoration efforts; (5) reports to the court (including testimony if necessary) regarding the restoration effort and findings.