OUR TEAM

Dr. Jorge Veliz

Dr Veliz is the President, owner and founder of Correctional Psychiatric Services. Dr. Veliz is a Correctional Forensic Board Certified Psychiatrist. He's devoted his entire professional career to all aspects of correctional medicine. Special areas of interest include: correctional clinician curriculum, electronic medical records for corrections, institutions with 100% medication compliance, progressive suicide prevention technology, electronic automation of ACA, NCCHC, and ICE standards, electronic interactive nursing protocols, sick call system, education and training.

Beth Cheney

Beth is the Chief Operating Officer for CPS. In this position she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of our organizational operations, network development, contracting, establishing performance indicators and productivity improvements. Her knowledge of corrections, the field of mental health and administrative and clinical management makes her an excellent resource for all staff.

Beth is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with over twenty years in correctional healthcare. She has extensive correctional experience and has held administrative positions of Mental Health Director, Health Services Administrator, and Program Director.

Dr. Nicholas Rencricca

Dr. Rencricca is the Regional Medical Director for CPS and Director of Utilization Review. He serves as the Chairperson on the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Committee. As Medical Director, he is committed to providing the highest quality medical care to the incarcerated population. He also works diligently in his clinical and administrative oversight of the health services staff.

Dr. Rencricca is a highly accomplished physician who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and has over forty years of medical and correctional experience. He has published numerous research articles and book chapters, consulted and collaborated on innumerable research projects and has served as the Medical Director in both the Massachusetts Department of Correction and county correctional facilities.

Dr. Lawrence Baker

Dr. Baker is currently a Regional Medical Director for Correctional Psychiatric Services (CPS) where he provides consultation and administrative oversight to several county correctional facilities. He is also actively involved in the supervision of Residents and Nurse Practitioner students placed at the sites through Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Baker is a highly accomplished physician who has over forty years of medical and correctional experience. He is Specialty Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease and American Board of Internal Medicine Certified. Throughout his career, Dr. Baker has received numerous honors and academic appointments, including being named clinical Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Baker worked at Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) for almost forty years, spending twenty-three years in cardiology practice before being appointed the Chief of Clinical Medicine and Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Cardiac Care Unit.

Stephanie Cabral

Stephanie is a seasoned Executive Administrative Assistant with almost twenty years of experience. Stephanie began her Administrative career in 1996 working for Correctional Healthcare Solutions, Inc. She was quickly promoted to Regional Operations Administrative Coordinator where she was responsible for supervising company-wide Administrative Assistants throughout multiple contracts within Massachusetts.

Over the next nine years, Stephanie established herself as an exceptional Executive Administrative Assistant. In 2009, Stephanie accepted the Regional Operations Executive Assistant position working with Correctional Psychiatric Services (CPS). In this role, she has been responsible for leading the administrative support for contract initiation, providing direct support to the Program Director and Regional Administrators, while serving as a liaison between CPS and Corporate Contractual Vendors.

Ken Nelson

Ken began working for Correctional Psychiatric Services (CPS) as a staff nurse in 2011. Soon after his hiring he assumed the role of Accreditation Administrator and has been responsible for the writing and revision of all CPS polices, as well as ensuring all aspects of accreditation and adherence to the National Commission of Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) and the American Correctional Association (ACA) standards.

Kenneth is a former Assistant Deputy Commissioner and Registered Nurse with over thirty-five years of correctional experience. Mr. Nelson began working for the Massachusetts Department of Correction in 1973 as a correction officer. He was quickly promoted to positions including Director of Treatment, Deputy Superintendent at MCI-Norfolk and Old Colony Correctional Center (OCCC) and Superintendent of Bridgewater State Hospital. In 2008, he assumed the position of Director of Quality Improvement in the Department of Correction's Health Services Division where he worked with Division and contractual healthcare staff. It was during this time that Ken attended nursing school.

Deb Jezard

Deb was recruited and hired as a Regional Administrator in December 2012. Deb's years of supervisory and correctional experience and extensive nursing knowledge has made a tremendous impact on staff. She is a highly regarded and well respected nursing administrator.

Deb is a Registered Nurse with almost twenty years of correctional experience. She began her correctional career as a staff nurse, acquiring extensive knowledge about addiction treatment and detoxification. In this role, she developed excellent assessment skills and gained invaluable experience as a nurse. She was quickly promoted to Charge Nurse/Clinical Coordinator at Southeastern Correctional Center and Director of Nursing and later Clinical Administrator at the Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center (MASAC).

Nancy Lawrence

Nancy is employed by CPS in the role of Regional Administrator with a focus on Operations. In this role she provides operational, administrative and clinical oversight to staff at several county facilities. Nancy's expertise in operations and years of supervisory experience has made a tremendous impact on staff, as she has been instrumental in training and in audit preparation and accreditation.

Ms. Lawrence is a Registered Nurse with over twenty-seven years of leadership experience in correctional healthcare. She began her career in corrections in 1987 as the Health Services Administrator at Old Colony Correctional Center. She was subsequently promoted to the position of Health Administrator for the Bridgewater Complex. During her expansive career, Nancy has held the positions of statewide Director of Health Services, Chief Nursing Officer, Health Service Administrator and Regional Administrator.

Jessica Reis-Driscoll

Jessica is the Health Service Administrator in Bristol County. Jessica came to CPS in 2009 as a Mental Health Director. In addition to her role as Health Service Administrator Jessica provides clinical oversight for CPS Mental Health Services. Jessica is also responsible for coordinating internships, and facilitating the placement of Nurse Practitioner students and Medical Residents as part of a partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital.

Jessica Reis-Driscoll is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with almost fifteen years of correctional experience. Jessica began her career in corrections working as a Unit Therapist at the Massachusetts Treatment Center for the Sexually Dangerous. In this role, she developed excellent clinical and report writing skills. She later worked as a mental health clinician until being promoted to Mental Health Director in 2007.