Medication Grant

The Medication Grant Program was developed as part of the overall Kendra's Law Package of mental health reforms.  This county run program is for individuals who require medications to treat mental illness and are discharged from hospitals or released from jails or prisons.

How does the program work?

An individual with mental illness must apply for Medicaid prior to or within seven days of release or discharge from jail, prison or a hospital.  The Medicaid application should be filed with the with the local Department of Mental Hygiene.  Upon receipt of the Medication application, the local Department of Mental Hygiene (or their designated proxy) will provide an individual with a Medication Grant Card.  This card allows an individual to receive medications related to their mental illness at no extra charge.  This card can be used at any of the 3,700 participating pharmacies across the state.

Who determines eligibility for the Medication Grant Program?

Individuals who qualify for this program are those released from jails/prisons and discharged from hospitals who require medications to treat mental illness.  The county determines who within these settings would qualify for the program.

How will the program work for someone released form jail?

Two options are available:

Option A

An individual, upon release from jail, would work with a transition manager (or another designated jail employee) to make sure a Medicaid application is completed within seven days of release or discharge.  The individual, either on their own or accompanied by a transition manager (or another designated jail employee) can then go to their local Department of Mental Hygiene to recieve a Medication Grant Card.  A Medication Grant enrollment form and a form indicating that the person qualifies for the Medication Grant Program must also be provided to the county.

Option B

In larger metropolitan jails, an individual working with a transition manager (or designated jail employee) can fax their Medication Grant form to the local Department of Mental Hygiene before release.  As long as their is proof of a Medicaid application, the individual will be sent a Medication Grant Card upon release from jail.

How will the program work for individuals being discharged from hospitals?

The individual would work with the hospital discharge planner (or designated hospital employee) to complete a Medicaid application and Medication Grant enrollment form.  Upon release from the hospital, the individual either on their own or accompanied by a hospital discharge planner (or designated hospital employee) can present this form to the local Department of Mental Hygiene to receive their Medication Grant Card.

How will the program work for people being discharged from prison?

Prison prerelease coordinators will send the Medicaid application to the county Department of Mental Hygiene in which the individual will be residing.  The prerelease coordinators will enroll the individual in the Medication Grant Program and issue their card on release.

Who can I contact contact about the program?

You can contact the local Department of Mental Health in your county.