Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County commissioners have approved a medical, dental, mental health and psychiatric services contract for the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) with Corizon Health, headquartered in Brentwood, TN. Corizon replaces Centurion Health which exercised the termination clause in its contract in June.
The term of the agreement, which begins in mid-October, is for a period of four years with a two-year renewal option. The base cost of the contract is $64.8 million including New Mexico gross receipts taxes, plus reimbursables.
Corizon agrees to provide medical, dental, mental health and psychiatric services to inmates along with pharmaceuticals. Additionally, Corizon will also provide enhanced emergency response and additional staff to assist with addiction treatment and medical assistance for observations watches.
“Corizon will be a full-service provider at MDC,” says County Manger Julie Morgas Baca. “Bernalillo County always strives to provide quality medical care for the inmates and this agreement will set a new standard for healthcare at MDC.”
Bernalillo County will realize cost savings over the term of this agreement through realized fuel and personnel costs related to transportation of inmates to off-site services that will now be provided by Corizon, in-house, including orthopedic, obstetrical, optometry, and telemedicine.
Corizon will also provide on-site medical care for MDC personnel on an as-needed basis.
The Corizon contract was approved by the commissioners on a 5 to 0 vote.