Jail seeking new medical provider

Existing provider raising prices, only hiring registered nurses

Democrat photo/Garrett Fuller — The skeleton for the 80-by-100-foot office building is seen March 20 at the Moniteau County Sheriff's Office's future home at East Buchanan Street and Windmill Drive, after it was erected by Harlan's Steel Buildings, of Versailles. In addition to the main building, Harlan's is also providing the pre-engineered steel building for the neighboring 84-by-40-foot garage. Local contractor Kusgen Construction is the general contractor for the project, which is expected to be complete later this year.
Democrat photo/Garrett Fuller — The skeleton for the 80-by-100-foot office building is seen March 20 at the Moniteau County Sheriff's Office's future home at East Buchanan Street and Windmill Drive, after it was erected by Harlan's Steel Buildings, of Versailles. In addition to the main building, Harlan's is also providing the pre-engineered steel building for the neighboring 84-by-40-foot garage. Local contractor Kusgen Construction is the general contractor for the project, which is expected to be complete later this year.

Moniteau County Sheriff Tony Wheatley said many counties are bailing on its jail health care provider -- Advanced Correctional Healthcare.

About a month ago, he said, the national provider released a memo stating it would only employ registered nurses, as opposed to the licensed practical nurses it currently has, to satisfy...