Category: Medicaid

Promoting Reentry Success through Increased Access to Social Security Benefits

This publication from the American Jail Association examines how jails across the United States are implementing the Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) model, which is designed to help people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness with access to Social Security Administration disability benefits. …

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Infographic: Blueprint for Complex Care–11 Opportunities to Strengthen the Field

Complex care is a person-centered approach to addressing the needs of a relatively small, heterogenous group of people who repeatedly cycle through multiple healthcare, social service, and other systems—including the criminal justice system—yet do not derive lasting benefit from those interactions. While the United States spends more on health care than any other industrialized nation, …

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As Norfolk Struggles to Manage Mental Health Patients in Jail, Miami Shows a Better Way

The Virginian-Pilot By Gary A. Harki Like most cities around the country Norfolk does not have money pouring in for mental health services. Last year, the legislature rejected a request by the Hampton Roads Regional Jail, which takes many of Norfolk’s sickest inmates, for an additional $5 million in funding. But not all fixes take …

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Mental Health Treatment Options Expanded under Changes to Medicaid IMD Exclusion

National Association of Counties By Valerie Brankovic On November 13, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new flexibility in the Medicaid program that would expand states’ treatment capacity for adults with serious mental illness (SMI) and children with serious emotional disturbance (SED). Under the new guidelines, states will be able to apply for …

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Study: Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Forgo Medical Care

AP By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Low-income people in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid are much more likely to forgo needed medical care than the poor in other states, according to a government report released Monday amid election debates from Georgia to Utah over coverage for the needy. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office worked with the National …

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Mental Health Workers Say They Are Working to Keep People out of Jail

The Messenger It’s been about one year since statewide changes caused a shift in how the local mental health region is run. Administrator Alison Hauser and nine employees shared some of the successes with the Webster County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, and they explained their specialized roles within the Western Quadrant of County Social …

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How the Smallest State Is Defeating America’s Biggest Addiction Crisis

Politico Magazine By Erick Trickey By the time police caught Paul Roussell with heroin last summer, the 58-year-old lobster fisherman had been addicted to the drug for almost 10 years. He’d gone from sniffing two bags of heroin a day to 10, then as many as 17. He was running drugs for dealers to afford …

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Kentucky Looks at New Reforms to Cut Jail, Prison Population

The Sentinel Echo By The Sentinel Echo Staff Staying out of jail may be as easy as having a steady job for some former Kentucky inmates. Former inmates who stay employed for one year are about 35 percent less likely to return to jail than those who don’t work, Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet …

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Adult Re-Entry Court Hopes to Keep People out of Jail

Pacific Daily News By Jerick Sablan The first participants in the Adult Reentry Court program are doing well on their path to stay out of jail. The nine participants appeared before Superior Court of Guam Presiding Judge Alberto Lamorena III for a hearing Friday. The program allows those who have been in and out of the court system …

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Administration Pressed to Expand Mental Health Treatment

The New York Times By Associated Press Staff Amid the outcry over the Florida school shootings, the Trump administration says it is “actively exploring” ways to help states expand inpatient mental health treatment using Medicaid funds. President Donald Trump again brought up the issue of mental hospitals in a meeting with governors this week, invoking …

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