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It Takes a Community to Divert Populations with Behavioral Health Needs from Jail

This blog post was authored by HMA Principal Bren Manaugh, LCSW-S, CPHQ and Senior Consultant Laquisha Grant, MPA.

We have all seen the headlines about jails and prisons becoming the largest de facto mental healthcare providers in the country. Nationally, 14 to 17 percent of inmates have a serious mental illness[1], 53 to 68 percent have a substance use disorder[2], and up to 72 percent of jail inmates have both a mental illness and substance use disorder[3]. The overrepresentation of individuals with mental illness and substance use disorder did not happen overnight — and it is not a result of one system or issue.

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HMA Conference to Feature Insights from Health Plan CEOs, State Medicaid Directors

Dates: September 11-12, 2017
Location: Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

Waivers, block grants and per capita caps, member premiums and copays, health savings accounts, expansion, and new benefit design and funding models will take center stage as 35 speakers from leading health plans, states and providers join Health Management Associates for the high-level, two-day conference The Future of Medicaid is Here: Implications for Payers, Providers and States.

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