Enroll Inmates in Medicaid

Issues

Enroll Inmates in Medicaid

A large percentage of inmates in jails and prisons are struggling with mental illness and/or substance abuse.  By enrolling those who are eligible for Medicaid, the can provide health care coverage so that they can receive the mental health, behavioral health, and substance abuse treatment they need.

Proposal

  • Requires screening for mental illness and substance use disorder of all inmates who are incarcerated for at least 100 days
  • Correctional facilities must ensure that inmates who are diagnosed with a mental illness or substance abuse disorder are referred to case management, evidence-based behavioral health services, employment services, and housing
  • Correctional facilities must facilitate the inmate’s enrollment in Medicaid