Prison Hospice Support Project
The mission of LMHPCO is to improve the quality of hospice & palliative care in Louisiana & Mississippi.
Since 1998, Louisiana State Penitentiary (LSP) at Angola, LA has become a model for end-of-life care within corrections. Angola’s commitment to improving end-of-life care within the institution has helped transform one of America’s “Bloody Prison” into a national model for corrections as depicted in the documentary, Opening the Door: Angola Prison Hospice.
The dedication of the Angola administration, staff and inmates resulted in LSP’s Hospice being recognized by American Hospital Association in 2000 with the Circle of Life (254k PDF), awarded for “their outstanding innovations and commitment.”
LMHPCO supports and encourages better end-of-life care within corrections and this support has resulted in additional Louisiana Correctional facilities launching hospice initiatives. In September 2006, LMHPCO held a week-long Volunteer training at Angola attended by 119 inmates from 5 state male correctional facilities throughout Louisiana. In March 2007, the program was repeated at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) at St Gabriel, LA.
LMHPCO was grateful for the early support of the E. Rhodes and Leona B Carpenter Foundation in funding these projects, as well as in making scholarships available to encourage the continuing education for hospice professionals within corrections and inmate hospice volunteers.
In April 2008, the LMHPCO Board of Directors held their quarterly Board Meeting at the Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP) at Parchman, MS and met with prison administrators to plan for the initiation of hospice services at the facility. LMHPCO’s Prison Support Project expanded into Mississippi Corrections in 2009 with a five day inmate training and the launch of their Palliative Care Program in 2009.
In addition to LSP at Angola, LCIW at St Gabriel, LA and MSP at Parchman, MS, LMHPCO now provide inmate and correctional professionals with educational support at Dixon Correctional Institute (DCI) in Jackson, LA, BB Rayburn Correctional Center in Angie, LA and Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St Gabriel, LA
Since 2014, the Kelly Ann Brown Foundation has been a major benefactor to the LMHPCO Prison Hospice Support Project, providing scholarships and funding for correctional/healthcare professional and inmate volunteer education.
In 2019, LMHPCO advocated on behalf of the inmates hospice volunteers at Angola and was successful in convincing the Louisiana Legislature to overwhelming pass HB 431, lifting prohibitions on hospice agencies hiring of ex-offenders and creates a pathway to employment. The law established a special Louisiana Department of Health Registry for qualified inmate hospice volunteers to work as “hospice aides” within any hospice agency in the state, once paroled or pardoned.
Be A Hero!
Give to the LMHPCO Prison EoL Educational Fund and provide educational support and funding for the continued development of End-of-Life Care within Corrections
With limited state continuing educational resources, correctional professionals depend upon our support for their continuing hospice education. LMHPCO is actively seeking grants to defray the cost of their education. All donations are tax deductible.
For details contact Jamey Boudreaux at 888-546-1500 or mail your donations to:
LMHPCO Prison EoL Educational Fund
New Orleans, LA 70116
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