Over the weekend, MHANYS and our colleagues at NYAPRS continue to push
budget issues that have been a major priority including fully funding
reinvestment, funding for Crisis Intervention Teams, support for funding
for not for profits as part of the minimum wage increase, funding for
Veterans Mental Health, funding for Mental Health First Aid, Prescriber
Prevails and an assurance that there will be support for language that
provides 25 percent of Health Care Facility Transformation dollars be
directed to community based providers. One of the outstanding issues that
remains is around Medicaid coverage for jail and prison inmates with
behavioral health needs as they transition into the community. Providing
the ability to have Medicaid coverage thirty days before release is a
common sense approach that will result in less recidivism and more
opportunities for community engagement in a much more rapid time frame. There
was a brief AP article than ran over the weekend that was prominently
featured in several news outlets. We continue to work with our colleagues
at NYAPRS and the Legal Action Center to raise the visibility of the
issue.

N.Y. Assembly proposes Medicaid coverage for freed inmates
The Associated Press 03/26/2016 11:59 PM ET

The proposal is in the Assembly’s budget plan for the fiscal year starting
April 1. The Assembly, the state Senate and Gov. Cuomo are negotiating a
final budget.

New York’s Assembly has proposed Medicaid coverage for “high needs” state
prison and local jail inmates starting 30 days before their release.

The lawmakers say the plan would ensure that the inmates can get
prescription medications and services to keep them from relapsing and
returning.

The proposal is in the Assembly’s budget plan for the fiscal year starting
April 1. The Assembly, the state Senate and Gov. Cuomo are negotiating a
final budget.

New York expanded discharge planning for inmates last year.

Advocates say the lack of services remains one of the biggest reasons so
many released prisoners are quickly locked up again.

Glenn Liebman, CEO

 

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