Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) is the national leader in promoting health care connectivity between jails and the communities in which they reside. With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), COCHS now reserves its home page to highlight articles, documents, and webcasts (listed below) that will assist parties interested in our mission to keep abreast of changes in the health care/correctional landscape. For those seeking more information about COCHS, please visit our About Us page.
- In the March 2014, Health Affairs published a cluster of articles on the health care needs of two groups: the 1.1 million Americans who are living with HIV/AIDS and the 11.6 million people who cycle through the nation’s 3,300 local and county jails every year. Three members of COCHS' team were co-authors of several articles in this issue: Health Affairs. Steven Rosenberg, Matthew Bechelli, and Ben Butler.
- Steven Rosenberg, the president of COCHS, explains how the Affordable Care Act provides health coverage to millions of previously uninsured Americans, many of whom will be justice-involved. By harnessing the opportunities presented by the ACA, jurisdictions can possibly improve health outcomes,reduce costs, and potentially reduce recidivism. Vera Research Speaker Series: The implications of the Affordable Care Act for the Criminal Justice System.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) --The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Justice-Involved Populations.
- . Every year, an estimated ten million unique individuals cycle in and out of the nation’s 3,300 jails. Although jails are also a part of the health care community, they traditionally function as islands outside of the network of health care delivery. Health information technology can help integrate jails into community health care systems by creating connectivity between jails and their communities. Jails and Health Information Technology: A Framework For Creating Connectivity
- . This webcast includes all sessions of the December 3, 2012 conference held in Washington DC. This meeting explored how to reduce health disparities of the millions of Americans who interface with the criminal justice system annually. Justice-involved individuals suffer from disproportionately high rates of chronic disease and are largely uninsured; demographically, they tend to be nonwhite and male. In addition, download the Addressing Health Disparities Among the Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations in Jails that were produced for this conference. agenda, proceedings, and PowerPoints
- This report summarizes COCHS' September 14, 2012 roundtable discussion held in Washington DC. Key government agencies addressed the sharing of health information for justice-involved individuals, and what this might mean for the future as we move closer to Medicaid expansion. A Roundtable Discussion: Criminal Justice and Health Information Technology: What are the next steps?