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Medicaid and SSI/SSDI application assistance prior to release

Correctional facilities implement a process that allows jail personnel or staff from an outside entity to assist people in the jail with Medicaid and Social Security Insurance/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) applications, as well as with the submission of ex-parte/administrative renewals of suspended Medicaid benefits, prior to their release. The exact process and timeframes are informed by federal, state, and local policies and considerations.

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Local Examples

Champaign County, IL Champaign County Sheriff's Office

  • The Champaign County Sheriff's Office and county mental health board established a process for enrolling people with mental illnesses in SSI/SSDI.
  • A community mental health advocacy organization has health navigators on site at the sheriff's office to provide assistance with health insurance, Medicaid enrollment, and access to community health services.
  • This organization continues to provide services to people upon release.
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Policy & Practice


3 - Increase connection to treatment
4 - Reduce recidivism

Last updated: April 21, 2019