Vera’s Substance Use and Mental Health Program launches Justice and Health Connect website

By , June 27, 2013

Yesterday the Vera Institute of Justice’s Substance Use and Mental Health Program launched the website Justice and Health Connect, which aims to increase the capacity of government agencies and community organizations to share information among health and justice systems.

Improving interagency communication among justice and health systems can have far-reaching benefits. Many people who cycle through the justice system have a range of chronic health needs, and treating serious mental illness in correctional settings is expensive and often ineffective. Despite the high level of need for treatment in jails and prisons and upon reentry, communication and coordination of care among justice systems and community health-care systems is often poor. Investments in health information sharing—including but not limited to information technology projects—can be an opportunity for jurisdictions to curb growing correctional-health-care costs while connecting people with community health-care resources and services.

Readers interested in the cost-benefit implications of these issues will find practical, relevant information at, including a toolkit that provides a framework for planning, implementing, and sustaining interagency collaboration among justice and health systems, and a resource library.

Like the Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice (CBKB) and this website, the Justice and Health Connect project is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.

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