Health Homes for Justice Populations

Health Homes

This 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” services provided to special populations. Other than minimal baseline requirements, the development of health home design is left largely to states. This document explains how states can implement health homes for the justice population and designate providers familiar with these individuals’ complex medical and behavioral health needs to effectively coordinate their care upon release from jail or prison.

TASC’s Medicaid Policy Series is designed to help leaders maximize the opportunities of Medicaid expansion in order to more swiftly and effectively connect justice populations to healthcare services in the community. The lead author of the series was then TASC Administrator of Medicaid Policy and Program Development Sherie Arriazola.