A large proportion of people cycling out of the criminal justice system don’t have health insurance and suffer from chronic health problems – including mental illness and addiction disorders. Such unresolved health problems contribute to recidivism and justice-system costs.
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Colorado – particularly of the Medicaid expansion – offers a historic opportunity to address the substantial health needs of criminal-justice populations. Criminal-justice agencies and community-based organizations play an important role in ensuring people learn about health care coverage and get assistance when applying for health benefits.
To help criminal justice professional learn about Medicaid basics, the enrollment process and where to get care, Take Care Health Matters has developed this resource guide. Take Care Health Matters is a joint project between the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition and CCLP.View Resource Guide