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City/County health services consolidation saves City $200,000

The City of Kansas City, Mo., and Jackson County have reached their first milestone in working toward consolidation of services in the area of corrections, and saved nearly $200,000 in the process.

In August, the two organizations collaborated by selecting Advanced Correctional Healthcare to provide medical services to inmates incarcerated at the Municipal Correctional Institution and the Jackson County Detention Center.

"The costs savings generated by this arrangement is a direct result of efforts to combine our purchasing power with Jackson County and resolution 080310. As chairwoman of the Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee, I am pleased with the results from this effort and look forward to further savings for the City and Jackson County,” said City Councilwoman Cathy Jolly, 6th District at large. “I also want to thank Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders for his commitment to work together on these issues that directly affect our residents.”

The City and Jackson County are currently partnered on combined food services request for proposals, which should improve the purchasing power of both entities.

“The City will continue to look at these types of cost-cutting opportunities as long as service levels also are improved,” said City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen. “I look forward to continued collaboration with the county to address corrections reform.”

Truman Behavioral Health will continue to provide mental heath services at the Municipal Correctional Institution. The Jackson County Health levy currently funds the mental health component.

For more information, contact Dyanne Bean, aide to Councilwoman Jolly, at (816) 513-1602.

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