Office of Public Health
The Office of Public Health is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the incidence of offender infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis and other communicable diseases. The department provides training and consulting services to facility health services staff. The Office of Public Health also coordinates and formulates policy for all Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) employee health care programs. This office provides technical assistance to the TDCJ Risk Management in matters of employee Worker's Compensation.
The Office of Public Health also utilizes a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.). This position was federally funded by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) grant. This position's primary purpose is to:
- Raise awareness and sensitivity to sexual assault
- Train medical staff in proper collection and handling of evidence, and
- Audit quality of and access to sexual assault examinations.
Health Services Division Informational and Educational Pamphlets
The Office of Mental Health Monitoring and Liaison monitors the mental health care provided to TDCJ offenders. This office also provides mental health expertise and guidance to TDCJ divisions and departments. OMHM&L acts as a liaison between TDCJ and other state and local agencies in matters pertaining to mental health issues. The staff in this office coordinates with Correctional Managed Health Care (CMHC) in developing policies and procedures to ensure that mental health needs of TDCJ offenders are addressed, monitored, and delivered in a timely manner.