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State Budget Update: 2021-2022 Housing And Behavioral Health Funding – Opportunities For Reentry & Justice-Involved Individuals August 2021

The newly enacted 2021-2022 State budget and spending package includes over $12 billion in new funding opportunities that can be leveraged to help individuals who are justice-involved, experiencing homelessness, and have behavioral health needs. This overview of also includes new program initiatives as part of the state’s Home and Community-based Services (HCBS) Waiver spending plans.

Policy Brief: Trends in California Overdose Deaths

Drug-related overdose fatalities have risen 50% since 2017. Overdose fatalities are rising faster in California than in the United States where overdose deaths are up 15% over the last three years.

CalAIM: Opportunities and Implications for the Reentry and Justice-Involved Population

Provides an overview of the California Department of Health Services updated proposal to re-envision the state’s Medi-Cal program, and how it specifically address the reentry/justice-involved population.  CalAIM offers a unique opportunity to improve the quality of medical and behavioral health care for this healthy vulnerable and underserved population.

Reentry Health Policy Project: Summary of Publications

The Reentry Health Policy Project is working to (1) identify state and county-level policies and practices that impede the delivery of effective health and behavioral health care services for formerly incarcerated individuals who are medically fragile (MF) and living with serious mental illness (SMI), as they return to the community; (2) find best practices that can replicated at the state and local level; and (3) offer actionable recommendations for policy-makers and stakeholders to consider.

Policy Brief: Improving Effectiveness of SSI/SSDI Advocacy Programs for Jail-Incarcerated Populations

This policy brief assesses current efforts to provide federal disability benefits Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to eligible jail inmates reentering the community. The brief describes the benefits that jail based disability advocacy programs may confer to the state, counties, sheriff’s departments, and individual recipients of
SSI/SSDI. Jails offer an effective location for disability advocacy because a significant share of inmates may qualify for SSI or SSDI when released. An estimated 16,000 justice-involved individuals, who are incarcerated for two-weeks or longer, could be prioritized for jail-based disability advocacy and application assistance each year.