Jail Medical Alert!
We all know
there are serious problems with medical and mental health services
in the Sonoma County jails, both the Main Adult Detention Facility
(MADF) and the Honor Farm. The Purple Berets have been working
on many fronts to correct these deadly medical conditions.
of those fronts is this: The jail's medical services are currently
being evaluated by the California Medical Association to
see if they will receive accreditation by the Institute for
Medical Quality (IMQ). The jail lost this accreditation during
its deadliest year in 1997/98, but is attempting to be reaccredited
at this moment.
for Medical Quality needs to hear directly from inmates and
inmates' families about your personal experiences with jail medical
and mental health services. You should file a complaint with the
IMQ if you or a loved one has experienced:
- Not receiving,
or long delays in receiving needed medical attention;
- Not being
referred to outside medical people when your condition is too
severe to be treated by the jail;
- Not receiving
medications in a timely manner;
- Not receiving
medications at all, or receiving incorrect dosages or meds;
monitoring of inmates who are detoxing from drugs or alcohol.
(These inmates should at a minimum be under constant close observation
by jail medical staff.)
- Jail staff's
failure to stabilize mentally ill inmates, or to prevent their
psychiatric deterioration while in custody;
to maintain mentally ill inmates' psychotropic medications;
members not being notified of inmate's serious illness or injury;
- Or any
other conditions you believe are medically harmful.
your complaint to:
Timothy Friedrichs, MD,
Chair Corrections & Detentions Health Care Committee
c/o Rebecca Craig,
Director Institute for Medical Quality
PO Box 7690 San Francisco, CA 94120-7690
sent to the Institute for Medical Quality is confidential and
doesn't go on the public record. If you don't mind the information
being public, send a copy to the Board of Supervisors, 575 Administration
Dr. #100-A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, and to the Purple Berets. If
you have questions, or need help filing your complaint, give us
a call at 707.887.0262.