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Wyoming Corrections partners with Recovery Health Network
By Wyoming Department of Corrections
Published: 06/20/2011

Cheyenne – The Wyoming Department of Corrections and the Recovery Health Network, a non-profit organization in California, have partnered to support offenders who need assistance with reentry resources.

The partnership, developed in February of this year and the first one in the nation, provides offenders who are in the process of being released into the community with a prescription card to financially assist them with acquiring essential medications.

The card can help individuals save a significant amount on their medications. The Recovery Health Network Medication Card is meant to provide offenders with discounted prescription drug benefits, laboratory tests and imaging services to support the continuity of care for inmates being released.

Recovery Health Network RX Drug Cards offer from 10 to 75 percent discounts on prescription medications, laboratory tests and imaging services. Cards have been sent to prisons, adult community corrections center, and probation and parole offices throughout Wyoming.

“This is just one aspect of the reentry process, as we focus on skills development, substance abuse treatment and education to name others,” WDOC Director Robert Lampert said. “But this partnership is a positive evolution of the Transition from Prison to Community Steering Committee and a great benefit for people reentering society.”

“The resources and money needed to fill a prescription can present a significant barrier to treatment adherence,” he said. “This card will minimize any interruption in treatment and, thereby, can directly affect an individuals’ success rate of reintegration into our communities.”

“The Recovery Health Network was created to provide individuals with an easy and free ‘no strings attached’ healthcare discount program,” Jeremy Dickson, RHN Program Director, said. “RHN lives by the mantra that affordable healthcare should be an inalienable right of all.”

“This RHN Discount Prescription Card guarantees that Wyoming DOC reentry card users are receiving the absolute lowest prices possible on their prescriptions,” Dickson said. “Whether it is the insurance copayment, the pharmacy retail price, or the RHN price, card users will always pay the lowest price.”

Wyoming reentry program manager Christy Hahn has been working with Recovery Health Network to educate her peers in other states, as well, about the resources that are available through the non-profit.

“This is a program that can benefit not just Wyoming, but every state and we wanted to be sure to share it as a best-practice from the steering committee,” Hahn said. “Sixteen states have been able to use the program to positively impact their reentry programs.”

Hahn said that 6,000 prescription cards have been distributed to offices for offenders in Wyoming alone.

Anyone can receive a free card by visiting www.recoveryhealthnetwork.com. The Recovery Health Network prescription savings card allows prescription medication users to save money and is recognized by over 54,000 pharmacies nationwide. This program is available to everyone who qualifies, never expires, has unlimited uses, and works for all physician-prescribed medications.


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