Service Network Innovation Collaborative
In 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 create a comprehensive system of community-based care within the new contexts of Medicaid expansion and managed care.
The collaborative is a consortium of mentalhealth, substance use, primary medical, housing, managed care organizations and other stakeholders who have come together to address individuals’ complex health needs. The main components of this project include, but are not limited to: (1) expanding the volume of service capacity to meet the volume ofneed/demand from the justice system; (2) adding services necessary to aid individuals within this population who need assistance in attaining stability, such as supportive housing; (3) shaping services to be most effective in serving justice-involved populations, including the use of appropriate evidence-based practices; (4) creating partnerships between the treatment system and the managed care system to allow timely access to services post-release; and, ultimately (5) establishing a universal, high-volume linkage system that can match individual detainees to necessary services at the point of release.