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Healthcare Policy and Medicaid

Most individuals who cycle in and out of jails and prisons have unmet physical and behavioral health conditions. As such, the justice system represents an important access point for Medicaid enrollment. 

CHJ offers information for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. For instance, we developed a series of briefs describing the key components of a seamless system of care for individuals being released from jail or prison with medical and/or behavioral health conditions, and in order to support and inform efforts to build bridges to care between correctional and community healthcare systems.

We continue to monitor, advise and advocate for healthcare policy that will enhance the ability for individuals entering or leaving justice and correctional systems to receive the medical and behavioral health services they require to maintain stability in the community.

Report / Issue Brief | 2020
TASC-CHJ As communities across the country face crises of drug addiction and overdose, the need for timely access to quality, evidence-based treatment for people with substance use disorders is clear and pressing. This series of briefs is offered to help...
Report / Issue Brief | 2016
TASC-CHJ Medicaid 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 rather than a...
Beginning in 2014, the Circuit Court of Cook County piloted 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...
Program / Media Feature | 2013
The Cook County Sheriff’s Department, Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS), and TASC worked with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to develop a jail-specifi...