CHJ empowers the people it serves to make healthier choices.
Center for Health Justice (CHJ) is a service-focused agency that views incarceration as a period of opportunity, striving to develop, implement, and replicate innovative programs and services for incarcerated and recently-released individuals worldwide; and their family members and partners.
Founded in 1999, in response to the unmet needs of incarcerated populations, CHJ now serves over ten thousand clients annually. The agency has unique access and credibility with incarcerated women, men, and youth, providing cost-effective, culturally-competent, user-friendly services. CHJ continues providing these services to clients upon release, collaborating regularly with vested stakeholders in the community to ensure clients are connected to services that add stability to their lives; ultimately helping them to care for and about themselves and avoid re-incarceration.
CHJ’s programs/services available in-custody and post-release:
1) Education — Risk-Reduction Counseling, Self-Advocacy, Health Literacy, Tech Literacy, Awareness/Treatment/Prevention for Substance Abuse, HIV, HCV, STIs, TB, and MRSA
2) Support Groups — User-friendly psychotherapeutic interventions that explore self-discovery in a safe group setting, addressing emotional traumas and decision-making
3) Peer Navigation & Transitional Case Management — Assisting with re-entry back into society, especially linkage, retention, or reconnection to medical and mental health care
4) Resource Allocation — Providing basic necessities to the recently-released, including backpacks with toiletries, food, phone and internet use
5) Advocacy for Policy Change — Seeking larger systemic change that improves human rights, medical care, prevention, and recidivism rates for the incarcerated