Medicaid Changes Needed for Criminal Justice Reform: Recommendations for States

This 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 Medicaid waiver or making other modifications to their Medicaid program. The information provided herein is intended to support and inform changes to state Medicaid programs that can be leveraged to further criminal justice reform efforts, with a specific focus on shifting from institutional to community-based care.

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.

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