Municipalities Tapped For Inmate Medical Costs

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During his report to the Sierra Vista Hosptial (SVH) Governing Board August 26, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mike Zimmerman relayed that a recent communication from the State Health and Human Services division would be effecting costs for local municipalities. He explained the issue at hand specifically concerned medical expenses for Sierra County Detention Center inmates.
Zimmerman said the communication clarified state regulations and affirmed that each municipality, as well as outside agencies such as the New Mexico State Police (NMSP), would be required to pay medical expenses for incarcerated individuals arrested within their respective jurisdictions.