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Delaware DOC Healthcare Services Chief Stepping Down

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Dr. Marc Richman (Photo: Delaware DOC) Dr. Marc Richman (Photo: Delaware DOC)

DOVER, Del.- The Delaware Department of Correction announced Tuesday that after four years as chief of the Bureau of Correctional Healthcare Services, Dr. Marc Richman is leaving the agency to pursue other opportunities.  

James Elder, who currently heads the DOC’s Bureau of Community Corrections, has agreed to step in as chief of an expanded Bureau of Healthcare, Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services starting Nov. 1.

“During his tenure, Chief Richman has further professionalized the Bureau of Correctional Healthcare Services team and has moved its operations and services forward,” DOC Commissioner Claire DeMatteis said.  “Notably, his leadership implementing Telemedicine, Medication Assisted Treatment and Medication Assisted Withdrawal has put the Delaware Department of Correction on the forefront of correctional healthcare innovation.”


DeMatteis said that for the past two years, Elder has focused on implementing new criminal justice reforms and his expertise, particularly in cognitive behavioral therapy, has brought a new perspective and new programs to the Bureau of Community Corrections. 

 “We appreciate his willingness to leverage that knowledge along with his leadership experience within Delaware’s correctional system to advance medical and behavioral healthcare outcomes and support successful reentry efforts across the entire Department of Correction," DeMatteis said. 

Before joining the DOC in June 2017, Elder served as director of clinical services for re-entry programming at the Wilmington HOPE Commission.  

Richman will remain in his current position through the end of October to see through the completion of the Christiana Care Health System assessment of correctional healthcare and to finalize the department’s preparations to issue a request for proposal for correctional medical and behavioral healthcare services.

The DOC will announce a new chief of the Bureau of Community Corrections in the coming weeks.


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