Sheriff's Office

PR #:
2021-129
Date Issued:
Sep 01, 2021 - 4:02PM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility awarded accreditation from Commission on Correctional Health Care

Contact:
Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam today announced the Washoe County Detention Facility has earned accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) by demonstrating compliance with NCCHC’s Standards for Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP) in Correctional Facilities. OTP accreditation enables opioid treatment programs to obtain legally required certification from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Today, only 30 facilities nationally have achieved OTP accreditation.

“This accreditation is confirmation of the hard work Washoe County Sheriff’s Office personnel and NaphCare perform on a daily basis,” said Sheriff Darin Balaam. “It is critically important to provide medication-assisted treatment in jails. Doing so can have a huge impact on patient and public health – and we’ve seen results already.

“Providing opioid treatment is the first step to helping individuals who need assistance live law-abiding, productive lives,” Sheriff Balaam continued. “I salute our supervisors, deputies, civilian employees, and health care staff for their efforts in, and knowledge of, opioid treatment programs in a secure environment.”

The WCSO Detention Facility underwent a rigorous on-site survey in June of 2021 by professionals with experience in corrections-based opioid treatment programs. NCCHC is the only SAMHSA-authorized accrediting body that focuses on corrections. NCCHC’s opioid treatment standards are based on federal regulations and community standards but modified for the unique correctional environment.

Accreditation is a rigorous external review of a facility’s health care operation. NCCHC accreditation is a nationally recognized performance excellence framework that helps facilities evaluate and improve their health care delivery processes. NCCHC has surveyed and accredited jails, prisons, and juvenile detention and confinement facilities for 40 years.

“In achieving NCCHC accreditation, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility has demonstrated its commitment to meeting federal requirements for corrections-based opioid treatment,” said National Commission CEO Deborah Ross, CCHP. “We commend Sheriff Balaam for successfully undertaking this challenge to provide quality opioid treatment and break the bonds of addiction.”

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The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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