From Jail to Community Behavioral Health: Ensuring Continuity of Care


Monday July 16, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST


Approximately 20% of inmates in jails have a serious mental illness (Treatment Advocacy Center, 2014) and 26% of jail inmates meet the threshold for serious psychological distress in the past 30 days (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2016.) Adding to this concerning health picture, inmates have higher rates of numerous chronic health conditions than the general population (Bai, J. R. et al., 2015). Upon release, it is essential that communities ensure immediate access to outpatient treatment services. 

Community healthcare systems and jail healthcare systems historically operate in a parallel manner creating barriers to timely care and continuity of care. There are emerging models and practices that integrate these systems, improving access to care and service engagement both from community to jail and upon transition back to the community. Communication between systems is also critical yet HIPAA is often misunderstood. 

This webinar will share lessons learned and best practices from innovative programs formed by local jails and behavioral health providers (including those working in integrated primary care settings) partnering to ensure continuity of care and timely access to care. 

After this webinar, participants will:

  • Gain best practices in forming successful partnerships between county jails and behavioral health providers
  • Learn key elements of impactful programming for persons involved with the criminal justice system who have mental health and/or substance use disorders
  • Gain strategies for information sharing between jails and behavioral health providers

Register now with the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions!