The Mesa County Detention Facility provides many programs and services inmates may choose to participate in. About 80 percent of the inmates housed in the facility are pre-trial, which means they are still awaiting trial and are presumed innocent until convicted of the crime(s) in which they are accused.
Inmates may have the opportunity to work in the kitchen, laundry, floor crew, and road crews. Road crews are only made up of sentenced inmates and members can earn a flagger certification for future work.
Workers earn "good time" or time reduced from a sentence for work completed during their sentence. Inmates also learn valuable job skills through on-the-job training that can be utilized upon release from the facility.
Inmate Food Service
Inmate Food Service is contracted through Summit Food Services. The kitchen at the Detention Facility provides all dietary needs of inmates housed in the Detention Facility and the Criminal Justice Services Division residential facilities.
All meal plans are designed and approved by a registered dietitian to meet the needs of inmates, including those who require a special diet due to a medical condition or religious beliefs. Summit Food Services provides full-time kitchen staff who supervise inmate crews who prepare all meals according to the daily meal plan. Under the 2020 contract, inmates' meals are provided at a cost of $1.39 per meal.
Inmate Medical, Mental Health, and Dental Services
Inmate Medical, Mental Health, and Dental Services are contracted through NaphCare. The healthcare staff at the Mesa County Detention Facility provides emergency, preventive, and chronic care for all inmates regardless of legal custody status.
Medical staff is on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Medical staff includes registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, dentists, licensed professional counselors, mental health clinicians, and medical assistants. Mental health staff is on duty 7 days a week.
Preventive and chronic care services, including dental care, diabetes care, and others are provided in-house by experienced medical staff. Radiology and laboratory services are available. Specialty services are provided off-site by community medical specialists when necessary. Specialty care is coordinated between the on-site medical director and the off-site specialists.
During the booking process, inmates are screened to determine what medical and mental health problems need to be addressed immediately. On admission, nurses conduct medical health assessments to evaluate inmates' general health, as well as any history of medical problems.
Jail Based Behavioral Services (JBBS)
Jail Based Behavioral Services (JBBS) provides substance use treatment to inmates who are incarcerated at Mesa County Detention Facility and have a substance use disorder. At present, we provide weekly therapy groups for general population inmates. The curriculum we use is evidence-based and inmates who complete the curriculum receive a certificate of completion. Many of the same groups are offered in our outpatient facility and inmates who discharge before completion may attend the same or similar groups at that facility.
It is the goal of the JBBS program to provide services while inmates are at Mesa County Detention Facility, but also to provide transitional support as individuals discharge from the facility. Discharge planning consists of possible referrals to Psychiatric services and other outside entities, providing resources and transitioning clients in a “warm handoff” manner to services in our outpatient facility, and tracking client progress for up to a year after discharge from the program. In 2019 38% of inmates, who engaged in services while incarcerated, remained in substance abuse and mental health services. Some of the services we provide are as follows:
- Screening potential clients for Jail Based Behavioral Services
- Assessing for safety in terms of suicide and homicide
- Providing a diagnostic assessment upon acceptance to the JBBS program
- Providing weekly substance use treatment groups
- Providing individual therapy while incarcerated on a case by case basis
- Providing case management services to help support transitioning back to the community
- Tracking client progress for one year after discharge from the JBBS program
Exercise yards are available for the physical and mental well-being of inmates. Volunteers also offer Yoga classes for those interested.
Inmates have access to a law library as well as fiction and religious books.
Volunteers offer classes on a variety of subjects such as AA, parenting, anger management, and continuing education.
The Detention Facility recognizes the need for spiritual guidance and direction within the jail and provides pastoral care to inmates who request such services. The Chaplaincy program provides for various faiths including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, and all other faith groups. The Chaplain’s role is a ministry of presence; to attend to spiritual needs, crisis management and provide opportunities for genuine human contact. The Chaplain position is made possible by the inmate welfare fund and the Mesa County Jail Ministry, a non-profit organization.
Learn more about the Jail Ministry here.