Save Lives and Save Money!
Help People Leaving Jail Get the Treatment They Need
to Stay Out for Good
Update: Thank you for your interest in this issue. The deadline for comments to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) has passed.
We will keep you updated with more information on this issue as it becomes available.
Every day in Ohio, people leave jail without help or hope. Many are uninsured, unemployed, and struggling with substance abuse or mental illness. Without access to the help they need, they often end up right back behind bars.
Helping people enroll in Medicaid when they leave jail will save lives and taxpayer dollars. That’s why we’re calling on the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) to require jails to assist those who are leaving with Medicaid enrollment.
Other Medicaid expansion states are working to enroll their jail, probation, and parole populations, and Ohio should do the same. With better access to the physical and mental health care they need, the formerly incarcerated can begin to get healthy, rebuild their lives, and stay out of jail in the future.
Taxpayers will also benefit, because funding treatment and rehabilitation is much less expensive than subsidizing a never-ending cycle of illness and incarceration.
Tell the ODRC to make the smart (and humane) decision by requiring jails to assist those who are leaving with enrollment in Medicaid. We’ve already prepared language to get you started.