University Correctional Health Care
Established in 2005 through inter-State agency agreements, UCHC and its staff of mental health professionals provide mental health and sex offender specific treatment services to the inmates, residents, and parolees of the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC), the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) and the State Parole Board (SPB).
In October 2008, UCHC was awarded a contract which would expand the organization’s responsibilities to include medical and dental health care services for the NJDOC inmate population. In January 2011, UCHC was awarded another contract expansion thereby assuming the provision of medical services for the JJC resident population.
UCHC has cost-based service agreements with a total budget of about $150 million and approximately 1,100 staff serving roughly 21,500 inmates in twelve adult correctional facilities, 410 residents in fourteen JJC locations and 1,000 individuals in ten SPB offices.
University Correctional Health Care (UCHC), operating within Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is dedicated to excellence in providing physical, mental health, dental and sex offender treatment services to the people of New Jersey involved in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
We are committed to being a leader in the delivery of effective, compassionate and accessible care informed by research within correctional environments.
We Care. We Teach. We Heal. We Improve.
Become a leader in the advancement of physical and mental health within the criminal justice system for the people of New Jersey.
- Accessibility of services to the incarcerated population of New Jersey
- Use of Evidence-Based Practices
- Promotion of research and innovative programming
- Education of professionals and students through clinical training
- An obligation to the larger correctional community through: primary prevention, outreach, consultation, training, collaboration and continuity of care among all service providers
- Respect for various cultures, appreciation for the diversity of the people we serve, and support toward ensuring the viability and integrity of the communities in which they live