Health Care for Prisoners

Health Care for Prisoners Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Prison inmates are vulnerable to infectious diseases, including HIV and Hepatitis C, and other health problems. More than 70 percent of the approximately 700,000 people released from U.S. Federal and State prisons each year have chronic medical, substance abuse, and other mental health problems. The need for treatment often competes with other important issues, such as finding housing, obtaining employment, and reuniting with their families. In addition, few programs are available to help recently released prisoners access medical and social services.

The featured Innovations describe three programs that provide medical and/or social services for prisoners or ex-prisoners with infectious or chronic diseases.

The featured QualityTools describe three tools health care professionals can use to treat offenders with chronic diseases.

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