Illinois Governor’s Healthcare Reform Implementation Council: Work Group on Justice Populations

In 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 expand the capacity of justice agencies to fully participate in healthcare reform implementation.

In early 2013, DMA Health Strategies, TASC, and Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) received funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) to help the WJP and other stakeholders implement an innovative approach to connecting justice-involved populations with healthcare. The primary goal of the project was to advise the Governor’s Office and WJP on key strategies to maximize the benefits of healthcare reform to reduce crime and associated incarceration costs, and to improve the health of justice-involved populations.

The workgroup released a resource guide in January 2014 for criminal justice personnel across Illinois focusing on enrollment.

State: Illinois
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