Online Program

Expedited Medicaid restoration in Washington state

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 5:10 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Gary Cuddeback, PhD, Program on Mental Health Services Research, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Jennifer Jolley, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Sciences Research, Chapel Hill, NC
Community reentry for persons with mental illness released from jails and prisons is one of the most pressing public health and public safety challenges today. To address this challenge, Washington State has expedited Medicaid restoration for mentally ill persons released from state prisons to facilitate access and utilization of services upon release. To date, however, the effectiveness of expedited Medicaid restoration programs towards reducing the remarkably high recidivism rates for mentally ill offenders is unknown. Here, findings from an NIMH-funded study of expedited Medicaid restoration in Washington State are presented.

Learning Areas:

Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Identify the program components and ways a Washington State expedited Medicaid restoration program was successful in promoting community reentry and facilitating the community adjustment of prisoners with a severe mental illness.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am also part of the Core Faculty of the National Research Service Award Institutional Training Grant from the Nation Insitute of Mental Health at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, which is part of the UNC-Duke Postdoctoral Training Program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.