September 19, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Corrections celebrates its partnership with Recovery Health Network (RHN) during the month of September which is National Recovery Month.
After only a year of operation, Recovery Health Network has achieved resounding success throughout markets across the country, with concentrated success throughout the state of Florida. One incentive that the Recovery Health Network has made available for the public is free discount prescription drug cards.
The free discount prescription drug cards are making medication affordable to those who could previously not pay for their prescriptions. Whether uninsured or underinsured, the card saves the consumer anywhere from seventeen to ninety-four percent each time they go to the pharmacy.
In June of 2011, the Recovery Health Network’s program has utilized the Florida Department of Corrections as one of its main markets in receiving its services. The Department believes in providing offenders and ex-offenders services and benefits that will assist in their successful re-entry into the community. Each inmate receives a discount card. The Community Corrections offices distribute the cards to the offenders on probation and supervision. The primary focus of the Recovery Health Network Discount Cards is to provide offenders with access to discounted prescription drug benefits.
Unfortunately, many inmates being released from prison are transitioning into a society without financial support from family or friends, but this incentive from the Recovery Health Network is a step forward in promoting the Department’s re-entry efforts for offenders and ex-offenders as they integrate their pursuit in becoming more of a law-abiding citizen.
Deputy Secretary Mike Crews stated, “This is just one of the many obstacles inmates face when released from prison. This program provides them an opportunity to purchase their medications at a reduced rate and insure their continued care after release. Often times, inmates are concerned about being able to purchase their medications and receive proper medical care and this assistance will help them move forward and successfully reintegrate back into society.”
The Florida Department of Corrections Office of Re-Entry and the Office of Health Services forged this partnership with the Recovery Health Network to assist in providing prevention, intervention, and diversionary services to at-risk individuals, offenders, and ex-offenders.
Recovery Health Network helps all members of society including former inmates, achieve something that once seemed to be impossible the ability to afford their necessities. Since its inception, Recovery Health Network has saved consumers a total of $531,000 in the state of Florida alone— at an average savings of 43.6 percent per prescription transaction.
Accepted at more than 96,000 pharmacies across the country, Recovery Health Network’s program is reaching a constantly expanding community of patients. This free program is available to everyone, it never expires, and it has an unlimited use and works for all physician-prescribed medications. For more information or to print a free card, please visit www.recoveryhealthnetwork.com.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 25,000 members statewide, oversees more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 150,000 offenders in the community.