Correctional Medical Services to Present a New Offender Reentry Model

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Julie Buehler and Michelle Schmidt to present at National Correctional Conference

Our program will focus on understanding current site reentry programs, needs and limitations, and strategies to strengthen overall reentry programs that focus on the continuity of health care for released offenders.

Correctional Medical Services (CMS) announces that Julie Buehler, CCHP, RRT, MPA, and Michelle Schmidt, MSW, LCSW, will deliver a presentation on offender reentry at the National Commission of Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) Conference in May. Julie Buehler serves as the Regional Reentry Coordinator for CMS’ Missouri region while Michelle Schmidt is a CMS Corporate Behavioral Health Clinical Specialist and provides oversight to the clinical operations of CMS’ mental health services and programs nationwide. The presentation will focus on a new general methodology for developing a health services reentry program that is part of an individual correctional site or system model.

“Offender reentry is one of the most challenging areas of correctional health care,” said Julie Buehler. “Our program will focus on understanding current site reentry programs, needs and limitations, and strategies to strengthen overall reentry programs that focus on the continuity of health care for released offenders,” she added. “We are honored and grateful that NCCHC has selected us to present our program at the Updates in correctional Health Care conference this year.”

Successful reentry programs that both meet health care needs and drive to positively impact recidivism are becoming more crucial as inmate populations continue to age. It is just as crucial that the health services reentry staff have a full understanding of all the services offered to the inmate that will soon be released. These services include employment assistance, housing and basic needs such as food and clothing.

“Successful reentry programs include health services staff that have a full understanding of the complete range of services that impact the released inmate and contribute to improved recidivism rates,” noted Jack Davidson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Vice President. “We are pleased to share our CMS team’s new insights and strategies for increased performance at the individual correctional site or in a system model at NCCHC.”

About Correctional Medical Services, Inc (CMS)
Correctional Medical Services, Inc. (CMS), a national leader in correctional healthcare services, provides comprehensive, accountable, cost-effective services to correctional systems. CMS delivers a full suite of medical, dental, pharmacy and mental health services to nearly 280,000 incarcerated individuals in 19 states. Learn more at http://www.cmsstl.com

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