This grant provides support for two conferences addressing policy issues related to health care for individuals after release from prisons and jails. Each year, over 600,000 people pass from prisons or jails to the community. These individuals arrive in the community with multiple disadvantages, including drug and alcohol dependence, mental illness, and infectious and chronic diseases. The purpose of this project is to identify potential policy options to improve health care for those re-entering the community. The first meeting was held in Washington, D.C., on March 17, 2006. The National Academy of State Health Policy organized the event. Approximately 25 individuals were invited, including participants from the GAINS Center, the Bazelon Center, the National Council of LaRaza, the Joint Center for Policy and Economic Studies, the Open Society, community health clinics, the prison sector, ex-offenders and private foundations. The deliberations of the key informants will be captured in a working paper that will be used as a source document for the second meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Morehouse School of Medicine, involving 8 to 10 policy makers who will react to and revise the initial meeting report and guide strategic dissemination. The working papers will propose options rather than specific legislative solutions for consideration by policy makers. The products will be disseminated by blast fax, mail, and Web sites and through the Community Voices learning laboratories funded by the Kellogg Foundation. This conference will address key policy barriers to health care services for one of our most vulnerable populations, individuals recently released from jails and prisons.
Amount Awarded $30,000.00
Awarded on: 3/28/2006
Time frame: 3/1/2006 - 2/28/2007
Grant Number: 56858