Healthcare & the Justice System

Assessment & Plan

 

Patient Advocacy:

Assist eligible patients to enroll in Medicaid to ensure smooth transitions of care once released from the justice system. When you encounter a patient with a history of incarceration, consider appropriate screening with validated screening tools for mental health and substance use disorders, and continuous care for these illnesses. Also consider inter-agency collaboration to involve stakeholders from medicine, social work, housing agencies and the justice system for patients with complex needs. Remember, involvement in the justice system is often linked with other features of structural vulnerability: asking your patients about their history of incarceration, and being curious about its impact, is a great first start.

In the clinic, you can consult this general guide for treatment approaches and guidelines for patients with a history of incarceration. For LGBT-centered narratives and guidelines, click here.