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Health Services

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The Juvenile Justice Department contracts with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) for medical care services. UTMB serves as the Health Service Authority for the department. Medical staff is on site sixteen (16) hours a day, five (5) days a week Monday thru Friday, and are on site four (4) hours a day Saturday and Sundays. Medical staff is “on call” the remaining hours. If a juvenile requires medical attention during the “on call” hours, the Intake Officer will seek medical advice from the UTMB physician “on call”. All life threatening injuries/illnesses shall be taken to the Mainland Center Emergency Room via ambulance. All non-life threatening injuries/illnesses will be transported to UTMB or another facility that meets the security considerations of the Juvenile Justice Department. In all cases cited above, the parent or guardian will be notified immediately.