The University of Texas System Board of Regents, after a telephone conference executive session on Monday, voted to extend the system’s contract for prison medical services with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for an additional six months, while attempts continue to draft a new contract.
“UTMB values the relationship that has, over past two decades, improved outcomes and reduced cost of correctional health care in Texas, and our commitment to patient care remains unchanged,” said UTMB President Dr. David Callender, in a message to UTMB employees. “We appreciate having additional time to work with TDCJ toward a solution that works for both state agencies and ensures the appropriate level of affordable care for offender population.” More
Callender said he appreciates the assistance of the state lawmakers who are helping to resolve the issue.
"In the meantime, we will continue to work with TDCJ and state leaders to balance the health care needs of state’s incarcerated with today’s financial realities."