ICE Health Service Corps
The ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) is a program office within ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) — and the only entity within ICE responsible for providing comprehensive health care for all noncitizens detained in ICE custody.
IHSC’s vision is to be the best health care delivery system in detention and correctional health care. IHSC’s mission is to provide the safe delivery of high-quality health care to those in ICE custody.
IHSC’s Core Services
- Administers a detention health system that provides direct health care in ICE-owned facilities.
- Oversees compliance with health care-related national detention standards in contracted facilities that house detained noncitizens.
- Coordinates off-site care and reimbursement for services provided to detained noncitizens.
- Supports repatriation and special operations missions.
Comprehensive Health Care
ICE’s national detention standards and other ICE policies require facilities to provide comprehensive medical and mental health care for noncitizens from the moment they arrive at a facility and throughout their time in custody.
ICE detention standards require a medical intake screening — including a mental health screening — within 12 hours of arrival at a facility and a comprehensive health assessment, including a physical examination and mental health screening by a licensed health care professional, within 14 days of arrival.
Facilities provide access to daily sick calls and 24-hour emergency care. Detained noncitizens have access to a continuum of health care services, including screening, prevention, health education, diagnosis and treatment while in ICE custody.
IHSC Fiscal Year 2023
In Fiscal Year 2023, IHSC administered and managed the health care system that provided direct care to more than 131,000 noncitizens housed at 19 IHSC-staffed facilities across the nation. The health care provided included medical, dental, mental health care, as well as public health and disease prevention programs.
IHSC also oversaw compliance with health-related standards for over 191,850 detained noncitizens housed in 128 non-IHSC-staffed facilities, totaling over 45,000 beds.
Related ICE Offices and Programs
Detainee Death Reports
ICE takes very seriously the health, safety and welfare of those in our care.
ERO manages and oversees the nation’s civil immigration detention system.
Web Feature: IHSC
The ICE Health Service Corps provides direct care daily to detained noncitizens housed at designated facilities throughout the nation.