Tallahassee, Florida- July 17, 2012
The Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) moved forward today with the outsourcing of health care services for Florida’s correctional institutions.
“It’s a decision that’s best for the taxpayers,” said Secretary Ken Tucker. “This step will allow us to provide the same services we currently have, which meet state and federal standards, while saving money for the taxpayers. This step will be a cost savings in excess of seven percent using private vendors.” This move is in line with Legislative intent to find cost savings within the Department’s budget and in accordance with authority vested in Florida Statutes, 20.315 and 945.6033.
Through the procurement process, four companies submitted responses for requests to provide services in the Department’s three regions. Based on that process, Corizon Inc. will receive the award to provide services in Northwest and Central Florida and Wexford Health Sources will serve institutions in South Florida.
The Department’s current health service employees will have the opportunity to interview for positions and may be retained by the awarded Contractors.
“We still will continue to work with our employees and seek the best solutions for them and the inmates we serve,” said Secretary Tucker. “Change isn’t easy, and we know that it can sometimes be unsettling; however, the hard work of our employees is greatly appreciated and recognized. As this transition occurs, we appreciate their continued dedication to the people we serve.”
Once the contracts are executed, the transition process will begin and is anticipated to take approximately 90-120 days to complete.
To view the Intent to Award posting: http://myflorida.com/apps/vbs/vbs_www.main_menu.