Webinar Series: Connecting Criminal Justice Populations to Health Coverage and Care
In recent years, state Medicaid and justice agencies have been extremely innovative in finding ways to connect justice-involved individuals to health coverage and care upon discharge into the community. High rates of physical, mental, and behavioral health challenges in the criminal justice population and disruptions to health care people experience when they are released from prison and jail contribute to recidivism, drug use, and poor and costly health outcomes. Yet, there is evidence to suggest building connections to coverage and care in the community is linked to reduced rates of recidivism, increased access to behavioral health services, and increased levels of well-being and health for reentering populations.
This three-part webinar series will share a menu of innovative policy and practice options for states and localities looking to: (1) enroll the justice‐involved population into Medicaid; and (2) establish systems of coordinated health care tailored to meet the distinctive needs of the justice-involved population. The series will also present a framework for developing performance measures to monitor and assess the impact of such efforts.
The webinar series will share insights from the Connecting Criminal Justice with Health Care Initiative (CCJHI), which brings together state and local corrections and health care officials in the State of Maryland and Los Angeles County, California to develop and implement practical and actionable strategies for connecting justice-involved individuals with health coverage and care. The webinars will be led by national experts at the CCJH partner organizations, the Urban Institute and Manatt Health.
Webinar 1: Strategies for Linking Justice Involved Populations to Health Coverage (March 23rd, 3:00-4:30 ET)
Overcoming the challenges of eligibility and enrollment in health coverage is a necessary first step to realize the recidivism-reduction, health improvement, and cost containment potential of connecting justice populations to health care in the community. This webinar will present strategies for states and localities to increase enrollment in health coverage for justice-involved people, with a focus on four promising strategies for increasing enrollment in Medicaid: bolstering the enrollment workforce; suspending and reinstating benefits; prioritizing high-needs populations; and automating eligibility renewals. The session will also cover implementation and financing considerations, and conclude with an audience question-and-answer session.
Register for Webinar 1: https://manatt.webex.com/manatt/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5849f70b27c516c56b1d889c50a644a5
Webinar 2: Strategies for Providing Coordinated, Comprehensive Systems of Care to Justice Involved Populations (April 6th, 3:00-4:30 ET)
Ensuring that justice-involved populations have health coverage is just the first step for them to actually receive necessary and appropriate care. This webinar will present strategies criminal justice and state Medicaid agencies can use to build and finance coordinated, comprehensive health care systems for people leaving prison or jail. There will be a particular focus on four promising strategies to serve the justice-involved population, including: establishing Medicaid health homes; engaging Medicaid managed care plans in care coordination; instituting routine care transition planning processes; and increasing access to needed prescription medication upon discharge. The webinar will conclude with an audience question-and-answer session.
Register for Webinar 2: https://manatt.webex.com/manatt/onstage/g.php?MTID=e583f1d756cce1868a49f6cd2f89d284f
Webinar 3: Defining and Measuring Success: Performance Measurement for Strategies to Increase Health Insurance Enrollment and Care Coordination for Justice Involved Populations (April 26th, 2:00-3:00pm ET)
Connecting justice populations to coverage and care matters, and state Medicaid and justice agencies need to measure what matters in order to ensure they are meeting objectives and achieving success. The webinar series on connecting criminal justice and health concludes with a session on how criminal justice and state Medicaid agencies can develop a performance measurement structure and process to monitor and improve efforts to increase coverage and promote continuity of care for reentering populations. The webinar will consist of an overview of performance measurement, discuss ways to define “success,” generally, and suggest concrete ways practitioners can track their efforts to increase coverage and continuity of care.
Register for Webinar 3: https://manatt.webex.com/manatt/onstage/g.php?MTID=e0021493b33f441e914bf3ce0ee91fdda