Work to get a new Missouri prisoner health care contractor online may continue, but the actual transition from Corizon, the current provider, will not occur until at least early November, ordered Cole County District Judge Daniel Green, on Tuesday.
Green issued an injunction preventing the state from terminating his contract with Corizon for the next 15 days, stating in the order that he did not want any changes to the status quo until after a trial scheduled for November 3 ruled.
The contract was originally scheduled to end on June 30, with Centurion Health taking over from Corizon. But it was after Corizon. extended until October 31st first protested against the award of the contract and when that was denied Lawsuit filed Accusation of inappropriate evaluation and discriminatory treatment in the evaluation process.
The current renewal contains a clause that allows the state to terminate it at any time. The state has not given notice of termination and at a hearing last week, has not indicated that it intends to cancel before it expires.
“It would not harm the state or any other party if the state entered into a TRO prohibiting the state from terminating the contract,” Green wrote.
The order of the Greens forbids the state to do so for 15 days, the longest statutory injunction. With a trial version for November 3rd, he wrote, he will not be able to enter an order block until that date.
“But the court is currently inclined to issue an injunction on or around November 1st to allow time for the main hearing, which is scheduled for November 3rd, 2021 and a final judgment should be completed by November 8th, 2021 at the latest . ”Green wrote.
The triangular litigation includes Corizon, which has held the prison health care contract since the Department of Corrections went to a private provider in 1992, suing the Office of Administration’s purchasing division, which evaluated the five proposals from providers, and Centurion, which intervened, to protect his interests in the contract.
Corizon accused Centurion of submitting false and misleading documents as part of its bid for the contract, which would pay up to $ 1.4 billion if the state took up the options to continue it for seven years. It wants the state to reject all five offers submitted in the spring and seek new proposals.
Corizon did not respond to an email asking for a comment on the decision. The attorney general, who represents the purchasing department and opposed the injunction, declined to comment.
Green’s arrangement echoes many of the items in Centurion’s proposed arrangement, but instead of a $ 1 million bond, Corizon is ordered to deposit $ 93,750 with the court.
Attorney Chuck Hatfield, who represents Centurion, said he was most satisfied with Green’s announcement that he would issue a ruling by Nov. 8.
“That’s great,” said Hatfield. “We want this to be cleared up quickly and we are glad that the judge will decide this quickly. We want to get on board as soon as possible in order to provide the contractual services. “
As part of the protest and lawsuit, Corizon focused on inappropriate communication between a key Centurion executive and a top Tennessee Correctional Department official when that state was looking for proposals for a behavioral health contract.
That Centurion manager, Jeffrey Wells, was listed as the primary contact in the Missouri offer, but Corizon claims Centurion misled the state and should have reported that because of the Bid rigging scandal that cost the contract in Tennessee.
Corizon’s record as a health care provider in the state prison is mixed. It is and became the largest for-profit health care provider in prisons in the country repeatedly sued by inmates Alleged of poor quality care in Missouri and other states where she operates.
It has struggled to maintain its contracts in recent years. Corizon lost the Kansas Department of Corrections contract to Centurion in April 2020.