09 Mar Enhancing our pledge to lower the recidivism rate among patients
Armor Health Hires Advocate with Decades of Experience in Criminal Justice to Drive Healthcare Company’s Mission to Lower Recidivism Rate
The leading provider of correctional healthcare services providing quality care to state and local correctional facilities nationwide has hired M. David McGriff as its Senior Advisor and Director of Community Engagement, Partnerships and Reentry. Dr. McGriff brings more than four decades of experience in the courts, criminal justice system, and corrections, where he established partnerships and programs to facilitate social change and enhance public safety.
“David’s exemplary leadership through decades of making a positive difference in local communities by utilizing research, education, supervision and best evidence-based practices makes him the ideal manager of Armor Health’s mission of lowering recidivism among our patients,” says Armor Health CEO Otto Campo.
Dr. McGriff will collaborate with Armor clients in communities around the country, and connect with local leaders and organizations to establish partnerships in a collaborative effort to help patients reenter society.
“This is an exciting new chapter to my career and I am thrilled to have been selected to lead such an important mission,” says Dr. McGriff. He adds, “This is a unique opportunity and I am honored and incredibly grateful as an advocate of 40 years that a correctional healthcare company would consider the goal of making a positive impact on recidivism an element of the care it provides its patients.”
Dr. McGriff has a Master’s Degree in Correctional Management and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Miami. His association with Advocate Program, Inc. spans 40 years with over 35 as its CEO. Advocate is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) agency that has served the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida (Miami-Dade), and that Circuit’s State Attorney’s Office with the provision of Probation and Pretrial Diversion services. It is comprised of the Community Corrections, Children and Families, Veterans Services and Homelessness, and DUI Program divisions, as well as the Advocate Center for Training and Treatment (ACTT), which focuses on assessment and evaluation, mental health, and substance abuse treatment. His duties have included planning, coordinating and controlling the daily operation of the organization, establishing goals, objectives, policies and providing the community, criminal justice system and national associations with consultation and expertise when called upon. Dr. McGriff has been a member of the American Correctional Association, NAPSA Diversion Committee, American Probation and Parole Association, International Association of Community Corrections, a former President of the Florida Association of Community Corrections and is the Founding Member of the South Florida Reentry Service Partnership.
“Armor Health is committed to raising the standard of care in correctional facilities and we believe that entails more than our comprehensive, integrated medical and behavioral health services by top-tier clinicians,” says Armor Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jimmy Fernandez, and he adds, “Our passion for patient care includes utilizing data analytics, risk stratification, predictive modeling and making an impact on each patient’s future by reducing the cycle of recidivism so they can lead productive lives in their communities once they leave our care.”
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