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Correctional Managed Health Care Committee ensures TDCJ offenders receive timely access to quality health care services

Eric Gambrell, TBCJ memberIn 1993, the Texas Legislature established the Correctional Managed Health Care Committee to address the rising costs and operational challenges involved in providing health care to offenders confined in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The shared communication, coordination, decision making and dispute resolution roles performed by the CMHCC are key elements to the ongoing success of the correctional health care partnership.

Message from the executive director: legislative update

TDCJ executive director Bryan CollierWith the 85th Texas Legislature convening on January 10, 2017, and the pre-filing of legislation scheduled to begin on November 14, 2016, I will provide you with periodic legislative updates during the coming months.

New telephone hotline helps prevent, resolve visitation problems

graphic art showing red telephone hotline with notepad and penTDCJ's Administrative Review and Risk Management Division’s Ombudsman Office has established a telephone hotline, open weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and attended by an ARRM Ombudsman representative who can answer the public's questions about the agency's visitation policies.

Veterans employment initiatives help increase CO hires

TDCJ recruiter sharing TDCJ employment information with soldier at Ft. Hood Army base.The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has a long history of supporting our veterans and the agency continues to offer many benefits to employees who have served in our nation’s armed forces. This commitment includes providing veterans with information and assistance to complete the application process and ease the transition from the military to employment with TDCJ.

Veteran's Day banner. 'In honor of those who have served, including the many veterans throughout TDCJ, take a minute to thank a vet!'

SECC thanks TDCJ employees

Banner graphic thanking TDCJ employees for their participation in the 2015 SECC

Dunbar named Private Facilities deputy division director

New TDCJ Private Facilities deputy division director Allison DunbarMrs. Allison Dunbar was selected as deputy division director of TDCJ's Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division, effective September 1.

O’Hare named CID Region I director

New TDCJ CID region one director Tony O'HareIn September, Tony O'Hare was appointed director for TDCJ's Correctional Institutions Division's Region I office, which includes the Huntsville area.

Barber named CID Region II director

New TDCJ CID region two director Matt BarberIn September, Matt Barber was named director for TDCJ's Correctional Institutions Division's Region II office, which includes Northeast Texas.

Nelson named CID Region VI director

New TDCJ CID region six director Melodye NelsonMelodye Nelson was named director of TDCJ's Correctional Institutions Division Region VI office, which includes Central Texas, effective September 1.

Gaddis appointed deputy director for Parole Division Support Operations

New TDCJ deputy director for parole division support operations Kerry GaddisKerry Gaddis was named deputy director of Support Operations for TDCJ's Parole Division, effective September 1. In his new position, Gaddis will be responsible for operational oversight of Parole's Review and Release Processing section, the Warrants section and the Central Coordination Unit.

ERS seeks additional funding for retirement and health benefits, says employee retirement plan on path to actuarial soundness

ERS image with small state of Texas outlineThe Employees Retirement System has requested an additional $80.7 million in general revenue funding during the FY 2018-19 biennium in order to fund employee pension programs at actuarially sound contribution rates.

Spyware: information security’s invisible enemy

clipart showing PC monitor with an alert saying 'spyware detected!'

In the context of information security, spyware means any software that monitors your computer activity, such as your internet usage, without your knowledge. At TDCJ, spyware can be a serious threat to purchasing and contract details, vendor contact information, employee identity information and criminal history information.


September/October 2016
Volume 24 Issue 1

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