Industry News

November 24, 2015
Kenneth L. Appelbaum, MD, a UMass Medical School expert on mental health for incarcerated populations, will be a keynote speaker at the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law’s “Systems, Clients and Patients: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law” conference.
November 22, 2015
More than 15% of U.S. prison inmates are infected with hepatitis C.
November 15, 2015
For years, many who left California lockups on parole or probation would do so without easy access to medical care. In 2013, however, the California Legislature passed a bill allowing county workers to help released prisoners enroll in Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.
October 31, 2015
Fitchburg Police Lt. Harry Hess and personnel from the Cambridge Police Department presented a workshop on "Best Practices in Law Enforcement/Mental Health Partnerships" at the National Alliance on Mental Illness state convention.
October 25, 2015
Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) are seeing momentum in an effort to reform the mental healthcare system, giving hope to House members who have long failed to advance a similar bill.
October 18, 2015
The Ohio Department of Corrections cut healthcare costs by millions during the past decade partly due to savings from changing inmate diets to a heart-healthy menu. The changes took place, in 2006, after the department settled a lawsuit for inadequate medical care.
October 13, 2015
Prisoners' rights advocates in Massachusetts are looking to capitalize on a national prison reform movement to reduce the use of solitary confinement, saying the state has some of the strictest and most punitive policies in the country.
October 08, 2015
This Boston Globe editorial says Massachusetts needs to change its policy of holding prisoners in disciplinary solitary confinement for up to 10 years. State Senator James Eldridge submitted an omnibus bill that could begin modernizing the state's policy.
October 05, 2015
As prison populations age more facilities are implementing hospice programs. This Associated Press article looks at the program at Franklin Medical Center in Ohio that houses some of the state's sickest inmates, many of whom die there.
September 28, 2015
In most states, prisoners in jail may be on the hook for copayments ranging from a few dollars to as much as $100 for medical care, according to a study.
September 22, 2015
Corizon Health appointed Karey Witty as CEO, effective Nov. 2, 2015. Witty has been a member of the Corizon Health board of directors since 2011, and served as CFO of Correctional Medical Services prior to the merger that formed Corizon Health.
September 20, 2015
In 2016, Vermont lawmakers will contemplate alternative housing for some mentally ill prisoners in the state as corrections officials say the number of mentally ill inmates housed in state prisons has increased in recent years.
September 18, 2015
There were 104 overdose deaths in Baltimore during the first quarter of 2015, a 49% increase over the same period in 2014. As Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen is focusing on stopping the epidemic. Wen wants to blanket Baltimore with naloxone, and she's starting with drug users:
September 18, 2015
This column in The Boston Globe looks at the practice of solitary confinement. "It's embarrassing to say but we have one of the most outdated prison systems in the country," says state Sen. Jamie Eldridge.
September 14, 2015
The Minnesota Department of Human Services named Daniel Anderson, a veteran health administrator and executive at Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services, as the new CEO of health systems at the department, overseeing mental health and substance abuse treatment programs across the state.
September 13, 2015
The New York Police Department is taking part in a training program meant to help patrol officers better handle the growing number of interactions they have with people in emotional or mental distress.
August 20, 2015
Robert Appel, a former Vermont state official who worked with mental health and criminal justice policy, discusses on Vermont Public Radio how he participated in countless studies about treating mentally ill persons while in Correctional facilities.
August 11, 2015
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to move at least 1,000 mentally ill offenders out of lockups and voted to build a state-of-the-art jail focused on mental health treatment.
August 11, 2015
Over the last month, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Sheriff Jim McDonnell pledged sweeping reforms of the justice system's chronically poor treatment of mentally ill inmates. Advocates for the mentally ill and homeless say that the entire county system is broken.
August 03, 2015
Academic medical centers are obligated to train medical professionals about the health needs of inmates and ways to provide them with quality care, Warren J.
July 30, 2015
This article in The New York Times looks at mental health treatment in Cook County Jail in Chicago and the appointment of psychologist Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia as warden.
July 28, 2015
Three state agencies in Ohio are pushing to get the majority of the roughly 21,000 people who are released from prison every year enrolled in Medicaid up to 90 days before they walk out the door, The Columbus Dispatch reports, as services don't begin until they are released, unless they are
July 18, 2015
Sheriff Frank G. Cousins Jr. in Essex County wants to add a 42-bed detox unit to one of Massachusetts' largest jails, the Middleton House of Corrections.
July 18, 2015
Massachusetts HHS secretary Marylou Sudders is pledging to take a look at the way the state treats those with serious mental illnesses and debilitating substance abuse problems who get caught up in the criminal justice system.
July 17, 2015
Whether James Holmes gets life without parole or a death sentence for the Colorado theater shooting, he will spend years behind bars, joining hundreds of thousands of inmates who suffer from mental illness, The Associated Press reports.