Publication: Two takeaways from cross-sector collaboration between the healthcare and criminal justice systems

Cross-sector Data in Action brief cover page
Date
August 31, 2018
August 19, 2019
Translating local innovation into statewide policy: Lessons from a medications for addiction treatment (MAT) prior authorization pilot in Camden, New Jersey
In this brief, we outline our prior authorization pilot program and our work with partners to translate the pilot into successful statewide policy.
Natasha Dravid and Alex Staropoli
August 19, 2019
Camden residents identify barriers to health in their neighborhoods
Members of organizations that have participated in our Faith in Prevention program conducted a health assessment of their Camden neighborhoods.
Whitney Buchmann
Camden Coalition staff and Community Advisory Committee members participate at the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey’s Annual Legislative Day at New Jersey State House
July 18, 2019
Camden Coalition joins the call to fully fund the Affordable Housing Trust Fund
To help secure FY2020 funding for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, CAC members took part in HCDNNJ's Annual Legislative Day at the NJ State House.
Whitney Buchmann
July 16, 2019
From siloed systems to ecosystem: The evolution of the Camden Coalition’s complex care model
In this four-part series, we describe the phases of our care model as we addressed challenges and tested new solutions.
Kathleen Noonan and Kelly Craig
July 15, 2019
Graduates of Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council program reflect on their fresh start
Now in its 28th year, the Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council — or IHOC — has transformed countless lives.
Bill Nice
Camden Coalition care team member helps patient fill medication box.
July 11, 2019
Bringing it home: The shift in where healthcare is delivered
In this blog post for JAMA Forum, Lauran Hardin and Diana Mason write about two new opportunities to incentivize innovative complex care models.
Lauran Hardin and Diana Mason

By David Scholnick

A couple years ago in Iowa City, the Police Department noticed that a few residents struggling with homelessness were cycling back and forth through the medical, mental health, and criminal justice systems. About the same time, in Camden, our data team found that a disproportionate number of people with histories of arrest were using the city’s emergency rooms several times a year.

The Iowa City PD partnered with a countywide homelessness outreach coalition and started the state’s first-ever Housing First program. The Camden Coalition collaborated with the Camden County jail to create Camden RESET, a pilot intervention focused on people with complex health and social needs as they exit the jail. Neither solution would have been possible without robust data sharing between the healthcare and criminal justice sectors. Such collaboration can be intimidating in the face of legal and technical hurdles, many of which may not even be fully understood. But with common goals, trusting relationships, and some key legal knowledge, organizations can team up and make a profound difference in the lives of some of their most vulnerable neighbors.

Cross-sector Data in Action is the third in a series of three briefs and companion webinars outlining considerations for cross-sector data sharing to improve health and well-being. The series was produced by the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, an initiative of the Camden Coalition, and made possible by the Aetna Foundation. The National Center is a contributor to the American Journal of Managed Care‘s website, where this series is cross-posted.

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