Grand Junction, October 25, 2022 – The Mesa County Detention Facility has earned accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care by demonstrating compliance with NCCHC’s nationally recognized standards of care for correctional health services in jails. Accreditation recognizes the Mesa County Detention Facility’s commitment to providing quality health services for its incarcerated population.

To earn NCCHC accreditation, the Mesa County Detention Facility began the voluntary process of analyzing data and assessing services in the summer of 2021.  A rigorous professional assessment then took place in February of this year.  During the assessment, an audit team consisting of an experienced physician and an expert in correctional health care surveyed the facility for compliance with NCCHC’s jail-specific standards in areas such as patient care and treatment, health promotion, safety and disease prevention, governance and administration, personnel and training, special needs and services, and medical-legal issues.

The Mesa County Detention Facility is a 553-bed, state-of-the-art, direct supervision facility that accepts arrestees for all local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in Mesa County.  The management and staff of the Mesa County Detention Facility are committed to maintaining a safe, secure, humane, and professional environment for those who are incarcerated in the facility.  

Inmate Medical, Dental, and Mental Health Services, at the MCDF, are provided by NaphCare, Inc.  NaphCare, Inc. Senior Vice-President Timothy Pearce commented, “Achieving NCCHC accreditation at the Mesa County Jail is a testament to the great partnership between NaphCare and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. We are very proud of the teamwork that went into this achievement.”  

In an email to his staff, Detentions Captain Art Smith congratulated medical personnel and deputies, stating, “This is a significant and noteworthy recognition that is only possible because of everyone on our team - and rightly should be a source of pride for each of us.”