At first sight, corrections and healthcare may seem like two completely disparate segments of public service. But upon closer scrutiny, these two industries are so intertwined given the disproportionate number of inmates who are suffering from some level of medical or mental health conditions. This webinar demonstrates this dynamic and how Mission Critical Partners solutions can make the intersection seamless.
This session’s speakers are Dave Usery and Todd Crandell. Dave is the Vice President and Director of Data Integration Services at Mission Critical Partners. He’s previously served in a corrections facility as a mental health counselor, in its intake unit, and as the department’s Head of Research. Meanwhile, Todd is a Business Development Manager for Mission Critical Partners where he specializes in technology solutions for public safety and criminal justice agencies developing strong relationships through solutions that meet their clients’ needs.
Specifics of the discussion is on:
- Understanding the correlation between health and corrections and outlining the nuances of this dynamic in jails, prisons, and the communities where inmates are re-integrated into.
- The challenges of the jails, prisons, and communities in providing quality health care services given the limitations of each.
- An overview of the corrections intake process and what this procedure intends to accomplish in terms of healthcare, criminal justice, and corrections management considerations.
- The medical and mental health concerns that inmates are typically suffering from that the facility must be made aware of for safety and security purposes.
- The delicate balance between privacy and confidentiality, and safety and security when it comes to inmates’ medical and mental health situation as they enter jails and prisons.
- The public safety and public health issues that come with inmates’ release and re-entry to the community in the form of recidivism and health risks.
- Arrangements, supervision, and continuity of care that must be put into place for inmates reintegrated into the community.
- The reality of the difficulties associated with seeking health care providers for inmates.
- The challenges in sharing health care information between jail, prison, and the community.
- The difficulties of the inmate population which has disproportionately higher rates of health conditions and related concerns.
- The complicated privacy regulations as seen in HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2.
- The technology challenges in information-sharing.
- The costs of sharing inmate health care information.
- Facilitating information sharing through the HIOs and HIEs and a glimpse into the type of information available in these systems.
- The nitty-gritty of health information sharing and privacy considerations, and the different exceptions that can be leveraged in corrections-healthcare data sharing.
- The health exchange standards being used across the systems and the information-sharing process flow.
- The different cost items associated with maintaining and sharing inmate health care information.
- Different funding opportunities that can aid agencies and facilities to procure systems that can streamline jail management, inmate healthcare, and continuity of care.
Topics raised during the Q&A are on:
- The American Rescue Plan.
- Being subject to 42 CFR Part 2 for jails and prisons that have contracts with Marshals Service or ICE.
- Evaluating the impact of continuity of care and information sharing for the inmate population.
- Information sharing with social services or treatment centers for mental health issues.
- Making information exchange a priority.
Other Webinars with this Speaker:
- May 5: Corrections-to-Health: Improving Inmate Healthcare Data Exchange (this webinar)
- Aug 11: Implementing and Supporting Your Applications in the Cloud
Resources and Handouts
- Article: An Opportunity to Improve Inmate Healthcare Data Exchange
- White Paper: Improving Inmate Health Data Exchange between the Corrections and Medical Communities
- “Well done with thanks from Canada.” — Bob
- “There may be funding sources available in order to get healthcare record sharing practices and equipment. Thanks!” — Joy
- “Thank you for your presentation, it was very good to see a very basic version.” — Megan
- “Very important to realize how important it is to be on top of the inmates and their health conditions, so we can do our best to help them.” — Michele