Updated: Jun 28
MOUND CITY – The Linn County Sheriff’s Office announced on Friday, April 15, that it has partnered with Community Health Centers of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) for health services in the Linn County Jail.
“We are excited to announce this partnership as the cost savings is substantial and the program has been engineered to better fit the Linn County Jail,” said Sheriff Kevin Friend in a release. “As well, we are working with a Kansas company who already provides exceptional services to Linn County Citizens.”
He said his office plans to bring CHC/SEK services on board with the opening of the new Justice Center in mid-May.
“We have been negotiating with CHC/SEK for several months to bring the best program to the Linn County Jail,” he said. “CHC/SEK is largely operated by grant funding for rural healthcare which fits Linn County.”
Friend said he was particularly excited to see addiction treatment for inmates during their stay at the jail as one of the new services CHC/SEK will provide.
“We struggle with addiction treatment currently, and many times find ourselves transporting inmates to hospitals and other facilities for them to gain this service,” the sheriff said. “The outstanding portion of this type of treatment is that it is funded by a grant that CHC/SEK has procured for the addiction treatment program.”
He said Bourbon and Crawford countyies are involved in the CHC/SEK health services program in their facilities. Linn County will come online in mid-May and Cherokee County is currently in negotiations with CHC/SEK as well.
“We are proud to be working with a local Kansas company for the healthcare needs of the Linn County Jail population,” he added.