Reentry Health Policy Project: Meeting the Serious Health and Behavioral Needs of Prison and Jail Inmates Returning to the Community
Source: California Health Policy Strategies
Resource Type: Documents and Publications
Focus Population: People in Recovery from Substance Use, People with Criminal Justice System Involvement
Topics: Post-discharge, Community Reentry, Recovery from Mental Health or Substance Use Disorders
This report shows the particularly difficult situations that many people living with serious mental illness—as well as those who are medically fragile—face upon release from incarceration, which complicate efforts to provide them with needed services. It describes how jurisdictions currently respond to the challenges, highlights effective policies and practices from around the state and nation that might serve as models for meeting the challenges, and offers actionable approaches to address the need for reducing costs and recidivism while improving care and other outcomes for medically vulnerable people leaving jails or prisons in California.