FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2015
MEDIA CONTACTS: LAC contact: Mark O’Brien, (202)544-5478, [email protected]
State-specific profiles provide information and resources for criminal justice professionals about their health system and health coverage options
WASHINGTON, DC – The Legal Action Center today announced the release of the new web tool State Profiles of Health Care Information for the Criminal Justice System, which includes state-by-state profiles with information about the health system and health coverage options that are available in each state and the District of Columbia.
The state profiles represent the culmination of a major research effort to identify the key health system agencies and points of contact in every state. The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is partnering with the Legal Action Center (LAC), Advocates for Human Potential, and TASC, Illinois to provide technical assistance to justice and health professionals, and to disseminate information about innovative strategies for increased health care access for justice-involved populations enhancing efforts to improve public safety and justice outcomes.
The State Profiles of Health Care Information for the Criminal Justice System will assist justice practitioners with navigating the health care system and health coverage options in their state and links to agencies, which will assist them to take full advantage of health reform resulting in better outcomes for public safety and health.
“We know the Legal Action Center is working hard to implement new initiatives to assist justice-involved persons with accessing health coverage and care,” said BJA’s Director Denise O’Donnell, “not just because it is the right thing to do, but also because this reduces recidivism and strengthens communities. BJA was pleased to invest in this critically important project.”
According to Paul Samuels, Legal Action Center’s President and Director, “The opportunities health reform creates will improve the health and well-being of justice-involved people, increase public safety, and save states and localities huge amounts of money. LAC is pleased to work with BJA to develop user friendly resources for the criminal justice system on how to best navigate the health care landscape.”
About the Legal Action Center: The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.
For four decades, LAC has worked to combat the stigma and prejudice that keep these individuals out of the mainstream of society. The Legal Action Center is committed to helping people reclaim their lives, maintain their dignity, and participate fully in society as productive, responsible citizens.
About this project: The map of state health information for criminal justice practitioners is funded through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, and U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse its content (including, without limitation, any of the information links to other websites provide).