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Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Health Care Mission Statement

The Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail’s medical staff is dedicated to providing unimpeded access to Medical, Dental, and Mental Health services in a timely manner. Health care services will be made available for all inmates committed to the facility. The staff further concurs that our goal is to deliver high quality and cost effective healthcare services for our inmate clientele. The Medical Staff is committed to teamwork and promoting a positive environment of care for both the employees and inmates.  Below are some achievements our team has received:


Unconditional Certification Awarded by Virginia Department of Corrections
National Commission on Correctional Health Care Accreditation

Our Department’s Vision consists of two concepts: Excellence and Elevation.  We are committed to growing as professionals, and helping our clients (as they transition back to the community, or to other facilities) leave in better health than when we received them to our care.


Medical Staff and Services

Our current medical staffing consists of a Director of Health Services, Medical Director (Physician), Mental Health Director (Forensic Psychiatrist), Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, RN, several LPN’s, CNA, Office Manager, Medical Records Clerk, as well as Dental services. The facility provides medical coverage 24 hours/ 7days a week. The Medical Hold Unit has 9 beds to house inmates for medical observation and medical care. Nursing staff prepares and administers medications to inmates prescribed by the facility’s medical providers twice a day and sometimes more, depending on orders.

The medical staff operates a medical “sick call” and follow-up clinic (5) days a week.  Sick Call Requests are picked up from inmates twice a day; inmates are then scheduled for a clinic visit according to cellblock and urgency. We provide medical care for various chronic conditions such as: Hypertension, Asthma, Diabetes, Hepatitis C, Cancer, HIV/AIDS, and Mental Health. Emergency situations are seen immediately. There is co-pay for services however; no inmate shall be denied services regardless of ability to pay. 

All Inmates are screened for tuberculosis, physical health issues, and mental health issues when they first enter the facility. Once an inmate arrives at the jail, the medical staff reviews the inmates’ intake and receiving records to assess whether or not an inmate needs immediate attention.  All inmates receive a physical examination within 14 days. Inmates are sent to the University of Virginia Medical Center or Martha Jefferson Hospital for medical emergencies and follow-up appointments at the various clinics as needed.

Inmates should bring current medications with them on arrival. Family members may bring medications for newly arrested family members to the front desk. Please do not bring controlled substances (e.g. narcotics, pain killers, tranquilizers) unless you call the Medical Department first and are asked to bring them.

Pre-existing medical appointments will be rescheduled per security regulations and at the discretion of the medical providers.

Very often inmates leave our facility in better health then when they entered. Improved communications with Medical and Mental Health Providers in the community has reinforced that health care follow-up appointments are provided promptly to those inmates who are released from the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.  We are committed to the continued streamlining and development of the transition process.


If you have any questions or concerns, you may call:

Thedra E. Nichols, MS, RN, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner/HSA
Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail
160 Peregory Lane 
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone (434) 977-6981 Ext. 277
Fax     (434) 977-6999


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160 Peregory Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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