Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) is the national leader in promoting health care connectivity between jails and the communities in which they reside. With the ongoing implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), COCHS now reserves its home page to highlight recent developments impacting public health and public safety. For those seeking more information about COCHS, please visit our About Us page.
- RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
- The Justice Blog. The Associate Attorney General of the United States, Tony West, writes about his . During this address, he announced a Department of Justice solicitation requesting proposals to help states and local jurisdictions maximize Medicaid and marketplace resources on behalf of justice-involved individuals: keynote speech at the COCHS and Health Affairs ConferenceMaximizing the Affordable Care Act: Improving Recidivism and Health Outcomes for the Justice-Involved Population.
- . On April 3, 2014, COCHS and Health Affairs (with support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Langeloth Foundation, and Public Welfare Foundation) hosted in Washington D.C., Health Reform and Criminal Justice: Advancing New Opportunities. This conference provided a forum to discuss multiple topics including health and criminal justice policy, eligibility and enrollment into Medicaid, integration of community and jail health systems, and health information technology's role in building connectivity between corrections and the greater health care community. To view a recording of the entire conference, please visit the COCHS and Health Affairs Conference, Health Reform and Criminal Justice: Advancing New Opportunities. COCHS library
- Health Affairs Cluster Focuses on Health and Health Care for Jail-Involved Populations. Health Affairs, the nation's premier health policy journal, has published a cluster of articles on the health care needs of the 11.6 million people who cycle through the nation’s 3,300 local and county jails every year. COCHS worked with Health Affairs to organize and produce this cluster; in fact, three of the articles are co-authored by COCHS staff along with other experts in the field. In Health Affairs Narrative Matters, Sheriff Mike Ashe of Hampden County, Massachusetts and board member of COCHS, relates his own experience in breaking down silos between jail health care and community health care. Posted on the Health Affairs Blog, are several articles by professionals in multiple disciplines that explore different aspects of health care delivery within jails. To read , all article abstracts, and Sheriff Ashe's Narrative Matters article, please visit the blog postings. COCHS library
- Steven Rosenberg, the president of COCHS, explains how the Affordable Care Act provides health coverage to millions of previously uninsured Americans, many of whom will be justice-involved. By harnessing the opportunities presented by the ACA, jurisdictions can possibly improve health outcomes, reduce costs, and potentially reduce recidivism. Vera Research Speaker Series: The implications of the Affordable Care Act for the Criminal Justice System.