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Healthcare Financing Strategies for Justice-Involved Individuals

January 8, 2014 | Justice | Comments
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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

When an individual returns to the community after incarceration, disruptions in the continuity of medical care have been shown to increase rates of reincarceration and lead to poorer and more costly health outcomes. A newly released policy brief offers recommendations and examples of strategies for maximizing the appropriate use of Medicaid coverage for people involved with the criminal justice system.

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Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act Hits Snag in Senate

January 2, 2014 | Justice | Comments
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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Bipartisan legislation to support collaborative programs between criminal justice and mental health agencies has hit a snag after two Senators placed a hold on it last week, preventing the bill from coming to a vote before the full Senate.

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act (H.R. 401/S. 162) was introduced last January by Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Congressmen Richard Nugent (R-FL) and Bobby Scott (D-VA).

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Second Chance Reauthorization Act Introduced

November 21, 2013 | Justice | Comments
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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Legislation has been introduced in Congress to reauthorize and expand the Second Chance Act, a federal grant program for activities that support people returning to their communities after incarceration. First signed into law on April 9, 2008, the Second Chance Act was designed to help prisoners effectively reintegrate into the community. The Act established grants for government agencies and nonprofits to provide services that reduce recidivism by improving outcomes for people returning from prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities.

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