Cermak Health Services is the daily provider of healthcare to the approximately 11,000 detainees at the Cook County Department of Corrections and the Department of Community Supervision and Intervention. In August of 2006 Cermak also became the provider of healthcare to the approximately 400 children housed in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.
The jail is located on the near Southwest side of Chicago. Cermak Health Services has lead the way on developing innovation that has improved correctional health care and is one of the largest providers of mental health care in the country. Cook County Jail enjoys one of the best records in the prevention of suicides in the nation.
As the largest single site correctional health service in the country, the 150,000-square-foot facility provides a comprehensive range of services, including primary care, specialty care, dental and mental health services, laboratory work, a pharmacy, rehabilitative care and a 129-bed infirmary. Working with the Cook County Bureau of Health Services, Cermak provides many subspecialty clinics, and dialysis on-site. It is the hub to all health services for the ten divisional dispensaries (clinics), the male/female central intake and Residential Treatment Units.
The Cook County Juvenile Detention Center is a large facility dedicated to housing children, primarily for short stays, as one of many the tools available through the juvenile justice system to help children to become successful contributing members of society. Cermak provides a comprehensive scope of care including dental, pharmaceutical, laboratory and other needs addressing the many medical and psychological needs the children housed in the facility .
At both facilities Cermak Health Service is committed to a primary care and public health model of care, the staff at Cermak actively works to treat and prevent chronic and communicable diseases, including AIDS and tuberculosis, as well as to provide general and basic care that meets the needs of our population.
Cook County Prescription Drug Discount Card
In September 2007, Cook County, in partnership with Caremark and the National Association of Counties (NACo), introduced the new Cook County Prescription Drug Discount Card Program. This free card is available to all county residents and can provide significant savings on prescription drugs with no income requirements, no age requirements, and unlimited use for the whole family.
Any county resident without prescription coverage can use this program. Even if you have insurance for prescription drugs, you may still benefit from the discount card, since it may save you money on prescription drugs your existing plan does not cover.