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P.J., sheriff to discuss health care for inmates

Jury sets special meeting tonight

The Acadia Parish Police Jury will meet in special session Wednesday (today) to discuss — and possibly take action on —a plan that would transfer medical responsibilities at the parish jail to a private firm.
Sheriff K.P. Gibson gave 90 days notice at the March 10 meeting that he intended to void the intergovernmental agreement that provides two medics for the jail.
The medics are on the sheriff’s payroll and he is reimbursed for their salaries by the police jury. However, Gibson noted that his liability insurance through the Sheriff’s Association does not cover medical.
“Besides the medics and the doctor once a week, there are a lot of incidental costs that are being incurred right now,” Gibson said at that meeting. “There’s transportation to and from the doctors or the hospital; there’s dental services, which are outsourced; there’s the overtime or comp time for the medics; there’s mental health issues and more.”
Per Gibson’s notice, the current agreement expires at midnight June 8.
Scheduled to speak at tonight’s meeting are Gibson, Carlo Musso with Correct Health; Joey Staton with Quality Correctional Health Care; and Alissa Tassin with MedExpress.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the meeting room in the courthouse.
Because of the current coronavirus regulations in place, seating in the meeting room will be limited. However, the meeting will be live-streamed on the jury’s web site (appj.org).

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