Commission on Accreditation for Corrections.

Position:2008 ACA Election

Correctional Health--Physician (1 position)

Lannette Linthicum


Health Services Division

Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Lannette Linthicum, M.D., CCHP-A, FACP, graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., in 1979 with a double major in biochemistry and French literature and language. Following college, Linthicum returned home to Baltimore to attend medical school at the University of Maryland. She graduated in 1983, and by 1986, she completed her internship and residency training in internal medicine. After finishing her residency training, Linthicum went to Texas as a U.S. Public Health Service Physician with the National Health Services Corps. She currently serves as medical director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. She is the first African-American and the first female to hold this position in Texas. Linthicum oversees a health care system that provides services to approximately 153,000 offenders. She is recognized nationally as a leader and expert in correctional medicine and serves on many national correctional health care committees and boards. She has written many articles and publications and has co-authored a chapter in a correctional medicine textbook. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, an advanced certified correctional health professional and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.


Lester N. Wright

Deputy Commissioner/Chief Medical Officer

New York State Department of Correctional Services

Lester N. Wright, M.D., MPH, has been chief medical officer in New York since 1995. Prior to that, he served in public health and international health, which brings a public health orientation to his work. He believes correctional health is really public health provided for a population with many risk factors in a place where it is easier to find patients than in the community. He has served ACA in a number of roles, including as a member of the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections from 2000 to 2006; the Standards Committee from 2000 to 2002; the Health Committee, including serving as chair; and the Mental Health Committee. He is currently chair of ACA's Pandemic (Influenza) Task Force. His mantra is: "People who need health care should have the care they need." He feels accreditation is a powerful means to assuring that quality care is available.


At-Large Correctional Health (1 position)

Kathleen Bachmeier

Director of Medical Services

North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Since 1994, Kathleen Bachmeier has worked for the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in the position of director of medical services. She served previously as director of medical services for the North Dakota State Penitentiary and the Missouri River Correctional Center and presently serves in that position for the department's Adult Services Division and Juvenile Services Division. Bachmeier holds a nursing degree from Rapid City Regional School of Nursing in South Dakota, a Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University and a Master of Science in adult health nursing from The University of North Dakota. She is currently a member of the ACA Health Care Committee and the Coalition for Correctional Health Authorities. She has been a contributing health care author for ACA's Corrections Today magazine and participated in an ACA pilot project field testing performance-based health care standards as a health care auditor. Bachmeier is also an ACA adult correctional institutional auditor. She plans to use her experience in adult and juvenile correctional health care, as well as her experience as an ACA health care auditor, to represent and actively participate in the area of health care on the ACA Commission on Accreditation for Corrections.


Scott A. Haas

Medical Director

Kentucky Department of Corrections

Scott A. Haas, M.D., is a 1992 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and holds clinical appointments at the University of Louisville Department of Psychiatry and the University of Kentucky Department of Family and Community Medicine. As a dual-certified forensic and general psychiatrist, he has worked for the Department of Corrections for more than 14 years. Haas was initially hired as the chief of psychiatric services and then promoted to medical director in 2004. He advocates for the use of creative, cost-containment solutions. Haas has served as a technical assistance consultant for ACA, the Association of State Correctional Administrators, the National Institute of Corrections, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Criminal Justice Institute. Haas plans to continue promoting the use of innovative technological and organizational approaches as a mechanism to increase the quality and cost-effectiveness of correctional health care.


American Jail Association (1 position)

Robert L. Green


Montgomery County Correctional Facility

Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation


Robert L. Green is a native of Maryland, having spent his entire career in local corrections within the...

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