In late 1980, the Kenosha County Jail Administrator contacted KVNA to request that the agency work with the County to administer medical services to inmates. At that time, medical care required the costly process of transporting inmates to the area hospital for treatment. The initial contact between the Sheriff’s Department and KVNA began a continuing dialog to assist with the health care needs of inmates. This began one of the first correctional health programs in the state of Wisconsin which now provide 24/7 health care coverage at the downtown pretrial facility and 16/7 at the Detention Center.
Over the next ten years the agency reorganized and diversified to include services in the community such as caring for special needs children in the school system, providing respite care for the Cerebral Palsy Association, operating a day care center which included children with complex health care needs, establishing a medical equipment company and respiratory care program and conducting a county-wide flu shot program.