Everyone knows that Guilford County and other counties in the state and across the country are having trouble finding people willing to take jail guard jobs, but these days it’s also hard to fill other positions that meet needs in a jail.

Currently, Guilford County is seeking to find new providers for healthcare and mental health care in the county’s two detention centers, as well as find a provider to run the jail commissaries – the jail stores where inmates can purchase personal items, snacks and other niceties.

Guilford County began looking for those service providers earlier this year, but the county recently announced that it was extending the deadline into 2024 for those who wish to send in bid proposals competing to provide those services.

 A deadline extension often means that not enough firms made an offer the first time a contract was sent out for bids.

Jails can be claustrophobic places to work and there is  an added element of danger thrown in, so filling any jail job can be challenging.  But it’s notoriously hard to find healthcare providers for the jails for several reasons. The environment can be unforgiving. The jails often house those who are in poor health due to substance abuse or longtime medical neglect and medical professionals these days usually have their choice of where to work.

The new date for the healthcare and behavioral services proposals for Guilford County’s two jails has been extended to Friday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.

Those proposals should be sent electronically by that deadline to the Guilford County Purchasing Department through Guilford County’s Vendor Self Service automated bidding system, which can be found online at https://guilfordcountync.munisselfservice.

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is also seeking a provider to run the commissary where inmates purchase things like candy and other snacks, toiletries and personal items.

The Guilford County Purchasing Department is soliciting proposals from qualified firms wishing to provide “a fully operational, flexible, secure and reliable inmate commissary system” for the Guilford County jail in downtown Greensboro and the High Point Detention Center on East Greene Drive in downtown High Point.

The deadline for bids for this project has changed to Friday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. Proposals will be received electronically by the Guilford County Purchasing Department through Guilford County’s Vendor Self Service’s automated bidding system at: https://guilfordcountync.munisselfservice.com until 2 p.m.,

For more detailed information, those interested can visit Guilford County’s E-Procurement website at: https://guilfordcountync.munisselfservice.com.