Correctional Managed Health Care Committee (CMHCC)
Welcome to the Texas Correctional Managed Health Care Committee
The mission of the Correctional Managed Health Care Committee is to develop a statewide managed health care plan that provides TDCJ offenders with timely access to quality health care while also controlling costs.
The Texas Correctional Managed Health Care Committee (CMHCC) represents a unique collaboration between the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and two of the state’s leading health sciences centers, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) . The primary goals of this collaborative effort are to increase access, improve quality, and contain costs. The committee’s governing statue is Texas Government Code Chapter 501, Subchapter E .
Organizationally, the CMHCC is composed of nine voting members and one nonvoting member. The voting members include one member employed full-time by the TDCJ, and appointed by the executive director; one member who is a physician and employed full-time by the UTMB at Galveston, appointed by the president of the medical branch; one member who is a physician and employed full-time by the TTUHSC, appointed by the president of the university, and two members who are physicians, each of whom is employed full-time by a medical school other than the UTMB at Galveston or TTUHSC, appointed by the governor; two members appointed by the governor who are licensed mental health professionals; two public members appointed by the governor who are not affiliated with TDCJ or any contracting entity, at least one of whom is licensed to practice medicine in Texas; and the state medicaid director or a person employed full-time by the Health and Human Services Commission and appointed by the medicaid director, to serve ex-officio as a non-voting member. In addition, each university that is a contracting entity with TDCJ has established a correctional health care organization, which includes a medical director and a chief administrative officer.
The CMHCC coordinates the development of statewide policies for the delivery of correctional health care and serves as a representative forum for decision making in terms of overall health care policy. CMHCC representatives are empowered by their respective organizations to represent them on health care matters and make decisions that are binding on their organizations. The shared communication, decision making, and dispute resolution roles performed by the committee are key elements to the ongoing success of the correctional health care partnership.
The CMHCC is an organization that is committed to excellence; strives to set national standards in correctional medicine; focuses on building and maintaining open communications; and, serves as a model for inter-governmental cooperation.
||The CMHCC strives to provide health care services of recognized high quality and deliver them uniformly, promptly and efficiently within the limits of appropriated resources.
||The CMHCC strives to uphold the public’s trust through ethical and accountable personal and professional behavior.
||The CMHCC is dedicated to restoring and preserving the health of TDCJ offenders.
||The CMHCC recognizes that our mission and goals are achieved through teamwork, with each partner fully participating and contributing to the organization and sharing in its success.
Ensure Access to Care:
The CMHCC recognizes that a key challenge for correctional health care is to maintain appropriate levels of access to medically necessary health care for offenders, in the face of an unprecedented growth of the criminal justice system.
Ensure and Maintain Quality of Care:
The CMHCC is committed to a program of continuous improvement that assures the services delivered are of high quality and consistent with community standards.
The CMHCC is dedicated to the development of initiatives to control the cost of delivering health care, to the extent possible, while remaining loyal to the goals of ensuring access to quality health care. The CMHCC works to anticipate changes in standards of care or demographics which may modify resource needs.
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