May 7, 2008
HIV Prison Program Gives Inmates Outside Chance
A recent study has found that 95 percent of the former prison inmates in a transitional HIV care program called Project Bridge were still returning for care more than a year after their release, according to EurakaAlert/Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (genengnews.com, 5/7).
The program—developed by the Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island—matches social workers and former prisoners within 90 days of the prisoners’ release. Together they develop a plan for the former prisoners to continue to receive medical care outside prison and to access community resources such as housing, employment and transportation.
According to the study, 95 percent of participants were still reporting for medical care 18 months after their release. Forty-six percent secured housing, 71 percent retained mental health care and 51 percent stayed connected to addiction services.
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