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Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Commission Approves Health and Wellness Provider for Metropolitan Detention Center

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.

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About Bernalillo County
Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 676,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county.  Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $650 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff, and treasurer.