Connecting the Justice-Involved Population to Medicaid Coverage and Care: Findings from Three States

Authors: Jennifer Ryan, Lucy PagelKaty Smali, Harbage Consulting and Samantha Artiga, Robin Rudowitz and Alexandra Gates, Kaiser Family Foundation
Prepared in collaboration with the Kaiser Family Foundation

June 2016 – This brief provides an overview of initiatives to connect the justice-involved population to Medicaid coverage and care in three states—Arizona, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. These states are leading efforts in these areas and provide key lessons about how to coordinate across health care and corrections and the potential of such initiatives to better link individuals to physical and behavioral health services. While their experiences to date point to important benefits stemming from these efforts, more time and data are needed to examine the effects on health and criminal justice outcomes.