BH-JI is a partnership between the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and the Massachusetts Executive Office of the Trial Court (Trial Court). BH-JI helps people who are “justice-involved,” including:
• people leaving jail or prison within six months,
• people who have recently left jail or prison within a year,
• people on parole, and
• people on probation
to connect with behavioral health services and social supports in the community.
BH-JI began in 2019 in Middlesex and Worcester counties with Advocates, Inc and Open Sky Community Services for a demonstration period of two years. On February 1, 2022, the program launched statewide with seven additional providers.
MassHealth requested permission and has launched similar community supports for members enrolled in MassHealth managed care and Fee for Service members, in what became the Community Support Program for Individuals with Justice Involvement (CSP-JI).