N.J. Gov. Christie announces $100M plan to convert prison into rehab facility, increase reimbursement rates

January 12, 2016

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie used his State of the State address to outline how he will use new funds for mental health and substance abuse treatment. Christie said his plan would raise low Medicaid reimbursement rates. He also wants to recycle the shuttered Mid-State Correctional facility at Fort Dix as a treatment center for prisoners with drug problems. While the prison conversion creates a tangible asset in the war on heroin, raising reimbursement rates from the current $68 per day would likely have a more immediate and meaningful impact on New Jersey's ability to treat its Medicaid population, AJMC reports.