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Federal Policy Guidance

Medicaid CMS Guidance – To Facilitate successful re-entry for individuals transitioning from incarceration to their communities

As part of the state-federal partnership in administering the Medicaid and CHIP programs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issues guidance in the form of letters to State Medicaid Directors, letters to State Health Officials (often regarding CHIP policy or financing issues), Informational Bulletins, and Frequently Asked Questions to communicate with states and other stakeholders regarding operational issues related to Medicaid and CHIP. In addition, CMS issues federal regulations that codify statutory provisions and also policies that have been previously outlined in sub-regulatory guidance. The supporting document and FAQ can be viewed HERE.

Article Reviews

Stigmatization  Reintegration

Review by Jessica Robinson and Dr. Jeanine Webber from Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning.

Although theoretical perspectives often suggest that a criminal background produces stigmatization, offenders in this study anticipated minimal stigmatization when they reintegrated back into society after serving their sentence. Contrary to what labelling theorists postulate, the majority of young men, in this study, do not fear being denounced in society because of their criminal background. They expressed high expectations of being reintegrated with family, friends, and society as a whole with few challenges.

Read or download the full article review here.

LGBTQ Sexual Violence

Review by Jessica Robinson and Dr. Jeanine Webber from Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning.

Sexual Violence is found to be much more prevalent in the LGBTQ community. While this suggests that support services are necessary, victims often feel marginalized and hesitate to seek help. Research finds that members of the LGBTQ community endure high rates of sexual violence, but often fail to seek support services because of discriminative, socially constructed perceptions often held by service providers. Traditionally, researchers do not focus on the sexual orientation when conducting research on victims, and so little is known on how best to support members of the LGBTQ community who are victims of sexual violence.

Read or download the full article review here.

Probation and Youth Trauma

Review by Jessica Robinson and Dr. Jeanine Webber from Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning.

Probation Officers are found to develop treatment-oriented case plans for youth who have experienced trauma. However, researchers found there was a moderate percentage of unknown exposure to trauma and stressful life events, hence the need for trauma informed assessment instruments.

Read or download the full article review here.

Journal of Community Corrections

Online access to “The Journal of Community Corrections” is FREE to current active members of ICCA. If your membership has expired renew online Here or contact Toni Carbetta at (614) 252-8417, via email at staff@ICCALive.org or fax: (614) 252-7987.

Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2013

The bipartisan Second Chance Act, passed into law in 2008, reduced prison costs and improved public safety by giving federal, state, and local governments additional tools to help inmates more successfully reintegrate into their communities upon release and avoid reoffending. The bipartisan Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2013 improves and consolidates the programs authorized by the Second Chance Act, and reauthorizes them at reduced levels to better reflect current appropriations.

2013 Second Chance One Pager – This document is a summery of the intentions of the second chance act.

Second Chance Act 2013 Section by Section – This is a section by section decription of the Second Chance Bill.

Second Chance Bill Text – This is a copy of the actual bill.

 Policy Tools

Framing Public Issues

This Toolkit was created by the FrameWorks Institute to help issues advocates learn and apply new communications thinking to frame their work for better public understanding and engagement. We hope that these tools will inspire new thinking and new techniques among policy experts and advocates who seek to resolve social problems.

Tips for Meeting with Legislators

A face-to-face meeting of individuals or a small group of individuals with an elected representative, or a key member of their staff, is the best way to teach them about your concerns and, ideally, influence their decisions. Don’t feel you are imposing: after all, legislators meet with constituents daily. If you feel intimidated at first, remember that legislators depend on you for support just as you depend on them. What follows are a few steps to help ensure a successful meeting.

Model Letter to Congress

Sample letter to members of Congress with detailed background for information purposes.

Sample Agency Media Policy

Sample backgrounder on policy updates for release to news media

Sample Comments on Regulations

Sample letter to various recipients to raise awareness and report objections on regulatory changes.

Sample E-Mail to Congress

Sample email format for letter to members of Congress