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New Yorkers Need a Continuum of Health Care for People Coming Home from Prisons and Jails!

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Over 12,000 people return home from jails and prison every month. Navigating life after release can be incredibly difficult. Gaps in medical care make successful return to the community significantly more challenging. Once a person is released from prison or jail their risk of mental health decline, drug relapse, and other negative consequences, putting them at risk of re-arrest, re-incarceration and even death. Many of these problems are avoidable.

To help prevent them, we the undersigned call on the Legislature to include language in the 2016-17 Budget to amend New York State Law

  • Easing New York State restrictions on the use of Medicaid funds for those who are incarcerated, and
  • Requesting permission from the Federal government to use Medicaid to link released individuals to care in the community.

These changes would allow limited use of Medicaid Pre-Release to cover certain health services during the last 30 days of incarceration for at-risk individuals as they transition back into the community; support Individuals with chronic conditions, especially histories of addiction and mental illness; improve public safety through reduced crime, re-arrest and reincarceration; and support New York’s efforts to provide high-quality, comprehensive care to those needing it most.

Let’s save New York Money and save many individuals the needless suffering caused by drug relapse, mental health decline, emergency hospitalization and a return to prison or jail due to a lack of coordinated health services.

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