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A New Way Home: Medicaid & Reentry Symposium

Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
April 1 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East (2036) + Google Map

State Medicaid programs have begun exploring new pathways to improve linkage and access to health care for people reentering the community from jails and prisons. The transition from incarceration back to the community is notoriously fraught with competing, complex social and behavioral health needs, as well as staggering rates of overdose and other adverse health events. With innovative state policymaking through the use of 1115 waivers for pre-release Medicaid coverage currently underway, there is a unique opportunity to identify and promote best practices for improving health outcomes and reducing costly reliance on emergency services.

On April 1, 2024, join the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) for “A New Way Home: Medicaid and Reentry Symposium.”

The Symposium will highlight opportunities and limitations related to Medicaid 1115 Waivers, encourage networking amongst stakeholders involved in the policymaking process, and explore barriers and solutions to collaboration.

Programming will kick off with a keynote speech by Vikki Wachino, Executive Director of the Health And Reentry Project (HARP). The event will then feature four moderated discussions:

Panel 1: Connecting to Community: Meeting Health-Related Social Needs During Reentry

  • Description: Guidance from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services requires any demonstration to include case management and the connection of patients with Health-Related Social Needs (HRSN) services upon reentry. Panelists will discuss the unique HRSN of people who have been involved with the criminal justice system, what will be required to successfully meet their needs during reentry from a carceral facility, and how to capitalize on the other policy tools increasing access to HRSN.
  • Moderator: Erika Hanson, CHLPI
  • Panelists:
    • Peter Koutoujian, Middlesex County Sheriff
    • Allison Sequeira, Community Servings
    • Maggie Beiser, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
    • Leslie Credle, Justice 4 Housing

Panel 2: Involving the People Most Impacted in Program Design

  • Description: The people who will be impacted by the successes and failures of these programs are people in jails and prisons, and their communities. This principle was reaffirmed in the passing of the SUPPORT Act as well as the subsequent guidance from CMS on waivers for pre-release coverage. Yet there remain calls for better engagement of stakeholders who have experienced these carceral facilities. This panel will discuss best practices for the involvement of people with lived experience, and why this must be a core component of any waiver.
  • Moderator: Isabel Wanner, MLRI
  • Panelists:
    • Michael Cox, Black and Pink Massachusetts
    • Monya Saunders, Transitions Clinic Network
    • Stacey Borden, New Beginnings Reentry Services
    • Stephanie Campbell, HealthLeads

Panel 3: Cross-Sector Collaboration: Breaking Silos and Building Bridges

  • Description: CMS has made clear that building better relationships across reentry stakeholders must be a core component of waiver programs. This panel will focus on the importance of having a broad and diverse group of advisory members which incorporate the perspectives of CBOs, MCOs, carceral representatives, and health care providers.
  • Moderator: Rachel Landauer, CHLPI
  • Panelists:
    • Christian Ramers, Family Health Centers of San Diego
    • Emily Wang, SEICHE Yale
    • Denise Sanderson, MA Department of Public Health
    • Kim Prendergast, Community Care Collaborative

Panel 4: Disrupting Roads to Incarceration Through Reinvestment in Health

  • Description: The lion share of these waivers will seek to bolster the reentry system and facilitate better health outcomes as someone is released from a carceral facility, but they also present the opportunity to “reinvest” funds into state initiatives that assist in preventing incarceration—a promising opportunity to focus funding on programs that disrupt the increased risk of incarceration for marginalized communities. These panelists will discuss efforts to decrease reliance on the carceral system by utilizing health-based interventions.
  • Moderator: John Card, CHLPI
  • Panelists:
    • Davine Holness, Boston GLASS
    • Justin Alves, Boston Medical Center
    • Alex Duncan, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Registration:   Registration for this event is closed.

Schedule: Download the Symposium Schedule.

Symposium Primer: Watch the Reentry Waiver Webinar.

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Event Details

April 1
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East (2036)
1585 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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