This policy brief from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration outlines the best practices for increasing access to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs among individuals with mental health and behavioral health disorders who are involved with the criminal justice system and who are returning to the community. Of people currently incarcerated in local jails and in state and federal prisons, 17 percent are estimated to have a serious mental illness. The lack of treatment and resources upon release, an inability to work, and few housing options can increase the likelihood of homelessness and recidivism. Ensuring access to SSI and SSDI benefits can help reduce the likelihood of these consequences.
To view the policy brief, click here.