AHCA Study - Analysis of Service Use and Costs among Arrestees

About the Project

This study proposes a follow-up to the fiscal year 2008-2009 study which revealed that approximately 67,000 individuals arrested in Florida used Medicaid services for mental health and/or substance abuse treatment in the two years prior to arrest. This figure represents approximately 10 percent of all arrestees in the State, yet little is known about the specific types of Medicaid services received by arrestees with mental illnesses, the costs of such services, and whether different service patterns are associated with reduced arrests. Vendor proposes to analyze these issues in the six counties (Alachua, Leon, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Nassau) studied in the 2008-2009 study.  In doing so, study findings will provide policy makers for the first time with information regarding the actual costs of Medicaid services among arrestees with mental illnesses, as well as information regarding the relationship between service use and arrest patterns.



Principal Investigator

John Petrila, JD, LLM


07/01/2009 - 06/30/2010


AHCA - Medicaid Behavioral Health Services