ISSUE BRIEF: Coordinating Access to Services for Justice-Involved Populations

August 11, 2016

State policymakers continue to look for ways to improve responses for people with behavioral health and substance abuse conditions. The challenges to providing supports for individuals with these conditions who interact with the criminal justice system are particularly acute. This issue brief, commissioned by the Reforming States Group and written by the Center for Health Care Strategies, examines how innovative players at the intersection of health and corrections are providing interventions to ensure access to physical and behavioral health services as justice-involved individuals transition into their communities. It provides examples from promising programs around the country, demonstrating ways in which states and local jurisdictions have improved health outcomes and reduced recidivism for the justice-involved.

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Celebrating Avedis Donabedian’s Seminal Article Published 50 Years Ago in The Milbank Quarterly

July 28, 2016

Events and publications have marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Avedis Donabedian’s seminal article on quality measurement. Donabedian, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, published the paper, “Evaluating the Quality of Medical Care,” in The Milbank Quarterly in 1966—and his structure- process-outcome framework for health care quality measurement has guided generations of health care researchers and practitioners since then.


Milbank Quarterly Early View Op-Ed: John E. McDonough on How Democrats Might Try to Improve and Expand the ACA in 2017

July 26, 2016

With the Democratic Convention in full swing this week, there’s plenty of conversation about what the country might look like if the party captures the White House in November—including how the Democrats might try to improve and expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2017. That’s the question raised by John E. McDonough’s new Early View Op-Ed in which he examines four proposals to alter and expand the ACA. McDonough reviews the proposed policies of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, Families USA, Urban Institute, and The Century Foundation. He then asks if they would work and are politically feasible.

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