In today’s correctional landscape, improving relations between custody and health care staff is critical to improving the quality of health care in prisons and juvenile facilities. Tracey Titus, with more than 22 years of correctional health care experience, and Jim Martin, a 23-year law enforcement veteran, will discuss the ways to transcend relationships between custody staff and health services at two breakout sessions.
In “Working Together: Health Services and Custody Fostering Better Relations,” Titus and Martin will discuss the challenges between the groups and identify key components for fostering better relationships. Titus and Martin note that when departments cooperate to achieve organizational goals, tasks are completed faster and more efficiently, leading to a better health care delivery system.
In the session “Going Around the Table: Administrative Meetings…More than Just Talk,” attendees will learn how to structure administrative meetings that make sense, mean something and transcend relationships between custody and health services.
Tracy Titus, RN, CCHP-RN, is vice president of accreditation services for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. She served as a staff nurse and a health services administrator for a county jail for 18 years. Titus has been a surveyor and lead surveyor for NCCHC since 2008 and served on the board of directors for the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals for three years.
As the health services administrator of her county jail, Titus was responsible for overall health services operations including health care policy development, staff supervision, implementing electronic health records and training security staff in health-related issues. Titus has received a Sheriff’s Commendation Award for actions during a facility emergency and the Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Month Award for the planning, development, and implementation of an in-house dental program for inmates. She is also a certified instructor for the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
In her current duties as vice president of Accreditation Services, Titus is responsible for all activities involving facility accreditation for nearly 500 accredited jails, prisons and juvenile facilities across the United States and is a frequent speaker at various conferences across the country.
Lt. Jim Martin, MPSA, CCHP (Retired) served nearly 23 years in law enforcement, serving as a lieutenant and assistant jail commander with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office in Southern Indiana. Part of his daily duties included serving as the command staff liaison for the jail’s medical unit and the Vanderburgh County Mental Health Task Force. During his career with the Sheriff’s Office, Martin served in motor patrol, as a K-9 handler, a supervisor in both the jail and in the courts, and as an investigator in the Professional Standards Unit.
Martin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Public Service Administration. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Academy and is a certified instructor through the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Martin is also an adjunct professor at the University of Evansville. He has served as a consultant with the Major County Sheriff’s Association and currently serves as an accreditation specialist with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.