Maximizing the Affordable Care Act: Improving Recidivism and Health Outcomes for the Justice – Involved Population FY 2014 Competitive Grant Announcement

Maximizing the Affordable Care Act: Improving Recidivism and Health Outcomes for the Justice – Involved Population FY 2014 Competitive Grant Announcement – Justice-involved individuals are seven times as likely as the general population to experience mental illness, substance abuse disorders, infectious disease, and chronic health conditions, making reentry from jails and prison an especially critical juncture. For individuals reentering communities after incarceration, disruptions in medical care and treatment contribute to increased rates of reincarceration, increased drug use, and poor and costly health outcomes, including a 12-fold increase in the risk of death in the first 2 weeks after release. State and local criminal justice systems can play an important role in ensuring justice-involved populations receive assistance and support in applying for health coverage, which can help divert individuals from the criminal justice system, reduce recidivism, and also provide a continuum of care for individuals preparing to reenter back into their communities. This solicitation seeks a national training and technical assistance provider to assist select state and local criminal justice systems in maximizing the opportunities for expanded health care coverage under the PPACA, as well as develop resources to assist the broader criminal justice field nationwide. As a result of improved coverage, state and local justice systems may experience considerable cost savings by utilizing expanded coverage options under Medicaid and the Marketplace. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 22, 2014.

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