|Detention of Immigrant Children|
|By The National Commission on Correctional Health Care|
The National Commission on Correctional Health Care Board of Directors adopted two new position statements at its April 2019 meeting. NCCHC’s position statements augment the NCCHC Standards for Health Services and express NCCHC's expert opinion on important issues that are not addressed in the Standards. Below is their position statement on the detention of immigrant children.
The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) is the nation’s long-standing leader in the development of standards and accreditation of health care in correctional facilities. NCCHC’s primary goal is to ensure the provision of high quality, comprehensive health care to all people detained in confined settings. The challenges presented by the increasing numbers of children and families being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the extended periods of confinement overwhelm the capacity of health care providers in these settings and surrounding communities, reduce the available resources to provide quality care, and pose potential health risks to these immigrant children and those caring for them.
The National Commission on Correctional Health Care does not support the detention of any child due to immigration status and encourages full compliance with the Flores Settlement Agreement that establishes standards and licensing authority and limits the amount of time for which migrant and asylum-seeking children can be detained.
NCCHC recommends that all people who are detained in confined settings receive developmentally appropriate physical and mental health care that also incorporates the social and life skill needs of the population being served. Immigrant children, adolescents, and pregnant women detained in confined settings require the following:
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