Exploring Health Care Reform and Criminal Justice: Rethinking the Connection between Jails and Community Health

Source: Community Oriented Correctional Health Service, Webcast, November 2010

From the welcome by Steve Rosenberg:
COCHS believes that health begins where people are – whether in their homes, in their communities or, for some, in jail. National health reform under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) presents an opportunity to re-examine how we connect the care provided in our nation’s jails back to the communities where we live, learn, work and play.

We need to ensure that the enormous public investment we are already making in correctional health directly benefits the public health and public safety of our communities. Currently, this investment is largely lost soon after people leave jail. A community-based approach that ensures connectivity of care after release can help protect society’s investment and improve public safety. If we do it right, as suggested by recent data you will hear more about today from Washington State, we will achieve cost savings in the process.
See also:
The Intersection of Public Health and Public Safety in U.S. Jails: Implications and Opportunities of Federal Health Care Reform
Eligibility of Pre-trial Detainees Under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Medicaid and Criminal Justice: The Need for Cross-System Collaboration Post Health Care Reform
Realizing the Potential of National Health Care Reform to Reduce Criminal Justice Expenditures and Recidivism Among Jail Populations

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