Policy Brief: Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (COD) Treatment Coordination Models
This policy brief focuses on the coordination of treatment of co-occurring mental health and
substance use disorders (CODs) for individuals returning to the community following
incarceration. The gold standard for integrated services is when clients experience treatment
as seamless, with a consistent clinical approach, philosophy, and set of interventions and
recommendations from a joint clinical team. When this happens, the need to negotiate with
separate clinical teams, programs, or systems disappears.
Policy Brief: Toward a Meaningful Dashboard for Behavioral Health Services – Key metrics, trends, and charts for California’s 10 largest counties. March 2019
In setting expenditure priorities for behavioral health services, county decision makers should consider establishing policy goals that are based on measurable indices. This policy brief provides an example of a data dashboard that may help inform the decision-making process by comparing objective measures and trends among similar counties. The metrics included in the dashboard are …
Policy Brief: Toward a Comprehensive Model of Integration for Justice-Involved Individuals Using Medi-Cal Managed Care Organizations (MCO)s
Policy Brief – Medicaid Managed Care Plans and Reentry: A Review of How Other States Using Medicaid Plans to Improve the Reentry of Prison and Jail Inmates
When transitioning out of incarceration, some individuals face a “gap” in access to healthcare. Correctional facilities provide healthcare to incarcerated people, but there are serious challenges in providing care continuity as they return from custody into the community. Logistical complications, compounded by other challenges of reentry, can delay and/or prevent individuals from connecting to health …
The number of new enrollees in Covered California plans plunged by nearly a quarter this year, largely because of the elimination of the tax penalty for people without insurance, officials announced Wednesday. The decrease was steeper than expected — and larger than the drop in new enrollment in the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov. It occurred even …
Policy Brief: A Collaborative Approach for Patients with Diabetes – Bringing Together Health Plans, Community Health Centers, and Optometrists
In 2010, diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in the US with an estimated 25.8 million of the US population (8.3 percent) having diabetes, and of these, it is estimated that 7 million cases are undiagnosed.1 It is also estimated that another 79 million adults in the US have blood sugar levels in …
Comments Regarding Prison and Jail Reentry to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) – Coordinated Care Assessment Project
CalHPS has managed the Reentry Health Project with support from the California Health Care Foundation. Our 2017 report focused on opportunities for improving care coordination and maximization of federal funds for medically fragile and seriously mentally ill reentry populations. Additional work and analysis have helped to further refine our recommendations.
It is often assumed that a significant segment of the unsheltered homeless population in California has been involved with the criminal justice system in some way and/or is mentally ill. There are no statewide data to test these assumptions. This report estimates the number of unsheltered homeless individuals who have histories criminal justice system involvement …
Policy Brief: Adult Reentry Grant Program – Overview and Recommendations for Implementation of $50 million grant program administered by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)
The 2018-19 State Budget Act includes a $50 million appropriation to establish a new Adult Reentry Grant (ARG). This program provides significant resources to support the reentry of state individuals being released from prison who need housing and assistance in transitioning back to the community. This policy brief is intended to inform the discussion about …
This policy brief provides an overview of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in California’s collaborative courts. MAT is the leading evidence-based method for treating addiction that involves both medication and behavioral health interventions. Medications for opioid use disorder include three pharmacologic agents approved by the Food and Drug Administration: methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone.