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

Cross-sector Data in Action brief cover page
August 31, 2018
November 14, 2019
It takes an ecosystem: Finding success in complex care
Read the Putting Care at the Center 2019 opening remarks by Kathleen Noonan, CEO
Kathleen Noonan
Putting Care at the Center attendees converse at a table.
October 29, 2019
Camden Coalition partners with the Better Care Playbook to share practical solutions for serving complex populations
Lessons from our local and national innovations that offer guidance for serving complex populations.
Mavis Asiedu-Frimpong
A group of 5 National Consumer Scholars at the Putting Care at the Center 2019 conference in Chicago
September 25, 2019
A community engaged: The Camden Coalition as a local and national hub for community empowerment
The Camden Coalition has built a robust community engagement strategy to recognize individuals with lived experience as key complex care partners.
Whitney Buchmann
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

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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