Inmate healthcare, medication and hospital stays are signiﬁcant cost drivers for counties.
Connecting the jail population that has a medical condition or mental illness to the type of treatment they need is a pressing issue.
Collaboration between the county justice system, health providers and other community based organizations is essential to the success of treatment programs and for meeting the immediate and long term health needs of those with behavioral health or medical conditions who come into contact with the county jail.
Dr. Natalie Ortiz manages NACo's Data-Driven Justice (DDJ) programming. In this role, she primarily focuses on developing educational content on the use of data and analytics across health, human services and justice system to improve individual and system outcomes. She was previously a Senior Research Analyst at NACo.