Who is the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition?

Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.

Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

If you would like to be involved please go to our website and become a member.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Community Hospitals Hit Hard By Addiction/Mental Illness

A new federal study finds that about one in four adults admitted to community hospitals have a mental-health or addiction diagnosis.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report found that 7.6 million out of 32 million hospital stays by Americans ages 18 and older involved mental illness or alcohol or other drug disorders. Of these, 1.9 million had a primary diagnosis of addiction or mental illness.

Patients dually diagnosed with addiction and mental illness accounted for about 1 million community-hospital stays.

Medicare paid for about half the stays, while 18 percent were paid for by Medicaid. About 8 percent of patients were uninsured; the rest were covered by private insurers.

The report also noted that about one third of all hospital stays by uninsured patients involved addiction or mental-health problems.

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