New York expands mental health safety net to 3,000 more released inmates

March 11, 2015
New York is expanding its efforts to make sure inmates who receive mental health treatment in prison aren't cut off from such care when they are released. Discharge planning that included medication, enrollment in Medicaid and initial clinic appointments had only extended to the 3,500 to 4,000 inmates with a serious mental illness or those who were getting treatment at the time of their release. A new law expands that to 3,000 more inmates discharged annually who got treatment sometime in the previous three years. Sponsors say patients stabilized in prison shouldn't backslide for lack of care.