As of July 1st, 2016, Howard County Department of Corrections is administering this program.
This program began in August 2012 when the Howard County Detention Center was selected as one of six jurisdictions from across the country to receive a grant from the Urban Institute and the National Institute of Corrections. When inmates from Howard County Department of Corrections facilities are released, Healthy Howard helped ensure that they had continued access to health care through the Re-entry Health Services program.
The goal of the program was to ensure that all recently released individuals had health coverage and were connected with the community resources needed to access care. Access to care has been shown to decrease recidivism rates and contribute to healthier communities.
Healthy Howard’s Re-entry Health Services Coordinator assisted inmates with assessing health needs and barriers, applying for health insurance benefits and linking to coverage upon their release. Additionally, the coordinator helped connect individuals to community resources such as transportation, housing and counseling services. The position was created through a partnership with the Howard County Department of Corrections, Howard County Health Department’s Addiction Services, and the Howard County Mental Health Authority.