For immediate release: June 6, 2007 GALVESTON, Texas - The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston will begin providing medical care for individuals in the Galveston County Jail on Aug. 1. The 26-month contract, with provisions for renewal, was approved unanimously at the county commissioner's meeting on Wednesday, June 6. "We will offer a full range of medical services beginning with on-site medical assessments at intake, chronic and emergent medical management in the jail and hospital-based care, when necessary," said John Allen, administrative director of UTMB's correctional managed care program. Mental health treatment will be provided in partnership with the Gulf Coast Center. The county will pay about $207,500 monthly for the first 14 months, and $216,360 for the following 12 months for the care of 1,000 inmates. If the average daily population increases beyond this number, additional dollars are paid according to a formula. The Gulf Coast Center will pay UTMB $14,000 per month for on-site and on-call mental health services. UTMB has successfully provided correctional health care services to the Brazoria County Jail under a similar agreement for the past four years. UTMB's Correctional Managed Care program provides health care for offenders in more than 100 juvenile and adult correctional facilities through much of the state. A division of UTMB's Community Health Services, CMC offers medical, dental and mental health services to more than 126,000 patients or about 80 percent of the state's inmate population. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Public Affairs Office 301 University Boulevard, Suite 3.102 Galveston, Texas 77555-0144 www.utmb.edu