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PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Corizon Health announced today that the Philadelphia Department of Prisons (PDP) has renewed its contract for health services, to now include behavioral health, with options to extend through 2025. The agreement was won through competitive bidding and reaffirms the deep relationship between Corizon and the PDP. The PDP is the second client to choose Corizon for new or extended business within the last two weeks.
Corizon first began serving the city of Philadelphia in 1993 and serves an average daily inmate population of approximately 4,500 individuals.
“We are honored to continue our work within the Philadelphia Department of Prisons,” said CEO James Hyman. “Corizon has a long, productive partnership with the PDP, and we are enthusiastic about the addition of the behavioral health contract.”
Since first earning the contract, Corizon has focused on the reduction of recidivism, developing programs that meet the ever-changing needs of the jails’ patient population and surrounding communities and partnering with local resources. In 2018, Corizon successfully implemented its Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to individuals diagnosed with an Opiate Use Disorder at the time of incarceration. Corizon also worked with the PDP to complete a treatment plan to eradicate Hepatitis C from the patient population and plan treatment on an on-going basis. Among many other successes, Corizon and the PDP worked together in facing the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, developing processes and operations to manage the virus and protect patients.
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