Exploring Health Reform and Criminal Justice: Rethinking the Connection between Jails and Community Health is the title of the November 2010 invitation-only conference that COCHS hosted in Washington, DC. The conference brought together leaders from law enforcement, criminal justice, community health, government and philanthropy to consider the potential impact of health reform on local correctional systems. The keynote was delivered by Assistant United States Attorney General Laurie Robinson.
The goal of the meeting was to focus attention on the potential opportunities that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may create for communities to better serve the physical and behavioral health care needs of childless adults who will be newly eligible for Medicaid in 2014 and the planning processes that will occur by policymakers in criminal justice, public health, substance use treatment, and government. For many in attendance, it was one of their first opportunities to interact across these sectors on topics of mutual concern.
Conference outcomes included the formation of new collaborations and working groups to explore in greater depth the challenges of implementation and provide recommendations to policy experts and government administrators regarding implementation of health reform.
To prepare for the conference:
COCHS commissioned four issue papers from author groups to investigate the potential implications of the PPACA from their areas of expertise:
- The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section
- The Center for Health Care Strategies
- The Center for Health and Justice at
- Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities
- The School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey.
The papers were distributed to all conference registrants prior to the meeting to set the stage for more informed audience participation in the panel discussions. The conference papers are available on this page. In COCHS' library, both and conference papers are available. conference webcasts
Exploring Health Reform and Criminal Justice: Rethinking the Connection between Jails and Community Health was co-sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation.