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Report finds that the prevalence of mental illness in California jails is rising

Michael Goldberg | Feb 24, 2020 | California

A new report indicates that the prevalence of mental illness in California jails is rising.  The report, conducted by California Health Policy Strategies, analyzed data reported from 50 counties regarding mental health cases and psychotropic medication prescriptions in jails between 2009 and 2019.     The data looked at in...[ Read More ]

Health bills on the Colorado docket this session

Madeline Shannon | Jan 10, 2020 | Colorado

New bills filed at the outset of the 2020 Colorado legislative session deal with a variety of issues ranging from regulating nicotine production to establishing consumer protections for cost-sharing health care policies to treating substance abuse in the criminal justice system.  Here’s a sample of bills relating to health policy...[ Read More ]

Oregon kicks off data-driven review of state’s criminal justice, behavioral health systems

| Oct 31, 2018 | Oregon

The state of Oregon began work today on a data-driven approach to address challenges in how the state responds to people in the criminal justice system who have mental illnesses and substance addictions. Oregon’s Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment Steering Committee met to officially launch the state’s participation in the federally...[ Read More ]

DHS releases Community Care Services RFP

Emily Boerger | Oct 23, 2017 | Hawaii

Hawaii’s Department of Human Service’s Med-Quest Division has released an RFP for organizations to provide behavioral health services to Medicaid-eligible adults with serious mental illness. Qualified health organizations will be required to manage, authorize, and facilitate the delivery of these behavioral health services to adults in a QUEST Integration health...[ Read More ]