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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2013 Service Focus or Project Illinois Governor’s Healthcare Reform Implementation Council: Work Group on Justice PopulationsIn 2011, the Illinois Governor’s Office convened the Workgroup on Justice Populations (WJP). Comprised of high-level representatives from state behavioral health, corrections and Medicaid agencies, the WJP has been actively developing strategies to...
2014 Technical Assistance BHbusiness Course on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Justice PopulationsIn collaboration with Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) and the Legal Action Center (LAC), the Center for Health and Justice at TASC has created an online course to prepare those working with justice-involved populations to leverage the...
2013 Technical Assistance, Training Statewide Training for the Criminal Justice System on the Affordable Care ActIn preparation for the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), beginning in October 2013, TASC provided training for all court jurisdictions across Illinois on the basics of the Act, enrolling people under probation or...
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...
2013 Service Focus or Project The Justice & Health CollaborativeMaximizing Healthcare Reform Opportunities for Justice Systems Healthcare reform presents both challenges and opportunities for healthcare provider systems and justice structures across the country. The Justice & Health Collaborative (JHC)...
2012 Training Training for Madison County, IllinoisIn support of Madison County's Adult Redeploy initiative, CHJ provided training on offender cultures, probation supervision, post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans, and implications of the Affordable Care Act. The Adult Redeploy initiative...
2012 Technical Assistance Statewide Criminal Justice Framework for Behavioral Health IntegrationFor the State of Ohio, CHJ produced a statewide diversion and reentry plan, integrating behavioral health treatment with criminal justice systems. In phase two, we are consulting with the state on health homes for offenders.
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...
2013 Service Focus or Project Planning in Winnebago County, Illinois In 2013, with support from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and the Rockford Health Council, the Chief Judge of the 17th Circuit (north central Illinois) convened a planning process to anticipate the benefits of the ACA for the...
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...
2012 Service Focus or Project The Justice & Health Initiative (Cook County, Illinois)Through the support of The Chicago Community Trust, TASC is facilitating a health reform strategy and implementation process on behalf of the Presiding Judge of the Cook County Criminal Courts, bringing together leaders from the justice and health...
2013 Service Focus or Project Medicaid Application Assistance in a Jail SettingThe Cook County jail is the largest single-site jail in the United States, holding some 9,000 individuals at any given time. The vast majority—90 percent—are pretrial detainees, and 50 percent are released within two weeks. Serious mental health and...
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...
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...
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
2013 Article Anticipating the Impact of Health Care Reform on the Criminal Justice SystemPublished by the National Association for Court Management (NACM) in Court Manager (Spring 2013, Vol. 27, Issue 4), the article focuses on the implications and opportunities of health care reform for criminal justice systems, particularly with... link
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
2011 Report or Paper Realizing the Potential of National Health Care Reform to Reduce Criminal Justice Expenditures and Recidivism Among Jail Populations (COCHS Paper)Paper presented at a conference of Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) in 2011. The goal of the conference was to bring attention to potential opportunities that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may create for communities to better... link
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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