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Improved Health Care In The Works For County Jail Inmates

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Michael Coghlan
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Inmates at the Tippecanoe County Jail could soon have access to expanded health care services.

Newly-elected sheriff Barry Richard is continuing with a proposal that was in the works before he took office.

Richard presented a 14-page proposal to County Commissioners last month in his first meeting in his new role.

In addition to making an outside company responsible for keeping the three nursing positions staffed, the plan calls for expanded mental health services.

Richard says even though the goal is to expand medical services, he doesn’t expect to spend add to the jail’s health care budget, which is currently about $450,000.

He hopes to present a vendor and a finalized contract for Commissioners to vote on next month.

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