The Health and Reentry Project

The Health and Reentry Project (HARP) is an initiative focused on advancing policy and practice to improve lives, health, and safety as people return to communities after incarceration. HARP builds bridges across sectors and stakeholders, advances policies that promote continuity across carceral and community healthcare settings, and supports the acceleration and scaling of innovative approaches to reentry health care.

HARP was formed in 2022 as a partnership of Vikki Wachino, formerly CMS’ Deputy Administrator for Medicaid and CHIP Services; Waxman Strategies, a mission-driven consulting firm founded by former Congressman Henry Waxman; and the Council on Criminal Justice. CCJ remains a close partner on HARP, providing active thought leadership and expertise on criminal justice issues.

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Advisory Committee

Donald Berwick
Lecturer of Health Care Policy
Harvard Medical School
Khalil Cumberbatch
Khalil Cumberbatch
Senior Fellow
Council on Criminal Justice
Mack Jenkins
Chief Probation Officer of the San Diego County Probation (retired)
Denny Kaemingk
Former Secretary of Corrections
South Dakota
Peter Koutoujian
Sheriff, Middlesex (MA)
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Angel Sanchez
Topeka Sam
Founder and Executive Director
The Ladies of Hope Ministries
Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton
Lieutenant Governor Illinois
John Tilley
John Tilley
Former Secretary of Justice (KY) and Legislator
Emily wang
Emily Wang
Professor of Medicine
Tyler Winkelman
Hennepin Healthcare
Vikki Wachino
HARP Executive Director

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Health and Reentry Project
Issue Brief 2

This issue brief outlines key principles for changing Medicaid’s role in reentry, proposes a new reentry care model, and identifies essential elements for successful implementation of potential new Medicaid reentry policies.

Health and Reentry Project
Issue Brief 1

This issue brief describes Medicaid’s role as well as the policy changes that are under consideration, health care in the criminal justice system, and key implementation issues that will be central to the success of changing Medicaid’s role at reentry.

Extending Medicaid Coverage to Incarcerated People

The Health and Reentry Project was launched to maximize the beneficial impacts of a Medicaid policy shift on public health and public safety.


Support for the initiative is provided by the California Health Care Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, the Rx Foundation, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, as well as CCJ’s general operating contributors.