Since 1998, Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) of the State of Utah has contracted with the University of Utah College of Nursing (CON) to provide medical care for the youth in ten Wasatch front area facilities. Our goals are to provide optimal care for the physical and mental well-being of incarcerated youth while educating future health care providers. We work in a holistic manner to address current and potential health problems for the youth under our care. The CON/JJS nursing staff and faculty also serve as clinical mentors for registered nurse, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant students and medical school residents.
Youth at all JJS facilities attend high school and earn school credits, which then may be transferred to their school upon release. Beyond that feature, the missions of each facility are varied. The age range for JJS youth averages 12-18 years.
Medical staff provide a nursing assessment interview, physical examinations, STI testing and care for acute and chronic medical conditions. The medical staff oversees prescription medication administration and coordinates care with other medical and mental health providers. Proactive activities such as health education and immunizations vary according to the facility. Youth in the secure care facilities receive psychiatric nurse practitioner oversight also provided by the College of Nursing.