Healthcare Reform

Improving Public Health

The implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) may include opportunities to ensure that justice populations receive substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, and related services that reduce recidivism.

Here is some of our work in this issue area:

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2016 Service Focus or Project TASC-CHJ Medicaid Policy SeriesMedicaid Reforms to Support Criminal Justice Populations Medicaid expansion coupled with the criminal justice reform movement presents an unprecedented opportunity to build a criminal justice system—one that takes on a public health approach...
2016 Report or Paper Connecting Youth to Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment Upon Release from DetentionThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to youth, juvenile justice, and behavioral health. It explains how states can expedite the Medicaid application process for youth...
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    Connecting Youth
2016 Report or Paper 90/10 Funding to Promote Health Information Sharing between Correctional Agencies and Community-Based ProvidersThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. It discusses the intersection between information technology, record sharing, the...
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    9010 Funding
2016 Report or Paper Home and Community-Based Services for the Justice PopulationThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. The federal Medicaid program permits states to create a tailored set of services for...
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    1915c Waiver
2016 Report or Paper Health Homes for Justice PopulationsThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. The Affordable Care Act allows states to receive an enhanced match rate for “health home...
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    Health Homes
2016 Report or Paper Presumptive Eligibility for Individuals Involved in the Justice SystemThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. Individuals who are released from jail or prison can rapidly be enrolled into Medicaid...
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    Presumptive Eligibility
2016 Report or Paper Medicaid Administrative Claiming for Justice AgenciesThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. States have the option to permit justice agencies to receive Medicaid reimbursement for...
2016 Report or Paper Leveraging Medicaid Managed Care for Justice PopulationsThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, Medicaid managed care organizations, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. It explains how perationalizing relationships...
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    Leveraging Managed Care
2016 Report or Paper Medicaid Changes Needed for Criminal Justice Reform: Recommendations for StatesThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. It is applicable in states considering or in the process of applying for a Section 1115...
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    Medicaid for States
2016 Report or Paper Building Bridges to Care from Correctional Systems to Healthcare in the CommunityThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. It describes the key components of a seamless system of care for individuals being...
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    Bridges to Care
2015 Service Focus or Project Service Network Innovation CollaborativeIn February 2015, TASC received funding from the Polk Bros. Foundation to facilitate a collaborative process for providing services to individuals being released from Cook County Jail who have significant mental health treatment needs. The aim is to...
2015 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Map of State and Local Initiatives to Enroll Individuals in Medicaid in Criminal Justice SettingsResearchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, with the support of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, have created a national picture of the enrollment efforts that are taking place within... link
2014 Service Focus or Project ACA Implementation Work: Expertise through PracticeMen and women involved in the justice system have far higher rates of physical health problems, mental illness, and substance use disorders than do adults in the general public. As a result, state and local courts, jails, and prisons spend massive...
2014 Article Researchers to Study the Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Public SafetyThe Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) recently awarded a grant to researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School to study the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) impact on recidivism and health outcomes. The... link
2014 Report or Paper State Courts and the Promise of the Affordable Care ActPeter Coolsen and Maureen McDonnell write about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which holds considerable promise for the criminal justice system, accomplished primarily through the expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults.... link
2014 Article The Promise of Healthcare Reform in Transforming Services for Jail Releasees and Other Criminal Justice PopulationsThis article provides an overview of behavioral healthcare services available to jail releasees. We discuss the evolving landscape of substance use and mental health interventions under healthcare reform, including anticipated changes in funding... link
2014 Technical Assistance Webinar: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Criminal JusticeMay 2, 2014 webinar on how criminal justice systems may reduce recidivism and decrease costs by improving treatment access for people who have untreated substance use and mental health disorders.   (1 hr, 33 min.) Note: Accessing the...
2014 Service Focus or Project Jail Pre-Release Discharge Planning and ReferralTASC, with funding from the Michael Reese Health Trust, in conjunction with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and Cermak Health Services (the healthcare provider inside the jail), is working to create linkage infrastructure for persons with serious...
2014 Service Focus or Project Health Care Reform-ready Court ProcessesThe Circuit Court of Cook County is piloting court processes to identify how sentencing practices may be influenced when there is ready access to healthcare in the community, including substance use and mental health treatment. Through this pilot...
2014 Report or Paper Medicaid Application Assistance in a Jail Setting: A Case Study of Cook County, ILMost individuals booked at the Cook County Jail have untreated medical and behavioral health issues which perpetuate cycles of arrest and incarceration. The National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA), in conjunction with the...
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    Cook County Case Study - NAPSA 2014

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