The Hampden County Correctional Center is helping to create a model program of correctional health care. The program objective is to provide comprehensive care that will continue seamlessly upon the release of the inmate from jail. The discharge planning process recognizes the existence of other problems such as alcoholism and substance abuse and links inmates with community-based agencies. These linkages have contributed to reduced recidivism rates. The program uses health clinic staff and public health students, rather than volunteers. The National Institute of Justice reports that the Hampden County model could be replicated in about 80 percent of corrections facilities in metropolitan areas.