HARRIS COUNTY -

The Harris County Jail’s Mental Health and Medical Security units are being nationally recognized.

It has been selected as program of the year for health care in prisons and jails by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC).

NCCHC will present the award to Harris County Sheriff’s Office representatives at its annual conference on October 28, 2013, in Nashville.

Under the program, specially trained sheriff’s deputies are assigned exclusively to the jail’s units in which inmates receive mental health care and general health care.

Six sergeants and 124 deputies are assigned to the two units, which are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“I salute the supervisors, deputies and health care personnel in the Mental Health and Medical Security units for their hard work, which involves a mix of law enforcement, strict security, compassion and knowledge of the health care. This esteemed award from the respected NCCHC, calling our program the best in the nation this year, is deserved recognition for their labor outside the public eye,” said Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.