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The Special Needs Pod at the Washington County Jail  

Author:  Robert  Colpean, M.S.W. .; Sgt. Todd  Iverson, B.S..

Source: Volume 10, Number 04, May/June 2009 , pp.51-54(4)

Correctional Health Care Report

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In 2005, staff at the Washington County Jail in Hillsboro, Oregon, and medical staff from Prison Health Services (PHS) formed a team to consider creating a program within the jail to house the facility’s most vulnerable inmates. It would use existing resources and require no additional funding, increase in staffing levels, or structural changes to the facility. The result of their efforts was Special Needs Pod (SNP). Established in May 2005, it has become a permanent and respected fixture in the Washington County Jail.

Keywords: Intensive Management Pod, Medical Observation Unit, psychotropic medications, general-population

Affiliations:  1: Washington County Medical; 2: Washington County Sheriff’s Office Jail.

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