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U.S. Senate Approves 21st Century Cures Act

U.S. Senate Approves 21st Century Cures Act

Within the wide range of initiatives the omnibus bill supports are several significant criminal justice reform measures related to the issue of mental health, including the enactment of the Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act and the reauthorization of the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act.

New England Conference Highlights Regional Approach to Reentry

New England Conference Highlights Regional Approach to Reentry

The conference, which was hosted by United States attorneys of the six New England Districts—Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine—uplifted the region’s approach to reentry efforts. Rather than focusing on individual locales, service providers, policymakers, and correctional agencies throughout New England collaborate to ensure a unified approach.

Announcements

Apply Now: SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery Technical Assistance Program

Apply Now: SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery Technical Assistance Program

The SOAR program assists states and localities to expedite access to the Social Security Administration’s disability programs—Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)—for persons who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness and have a mental illness, co-occurring substance use disorder, or other serious medical condition.

Webinars

2016 Second Chance Act Orientation for Smart Reentry Grantees

During the webinar, BJA staff provide an overview of SCA, requirements of the Smart Reentry grant, and the grant management process. NRRC staff discuss the training, technical assistance, research, tools, and Planning and Implementation Guide associated with the grant.

2016 Second Chance Act Orientation for Adult Mentoring Grantees

During this webinar, FY2016 Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program Utilizing Mentors grantees receive information about the grant program, including steps for getting the program started, submission of the Planning and Implementation Guide, and Bureau of Justice Assistance expectations.

2016 Second Chance Act Orientation for Technology Career Program Grantees

During this webinar, FY2016 Second Chance Act Technology-Based Career Training grantees will receive information about the grant program, expectations of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, technical assistance from the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), and submission of the Planning and Implementation Guide.

Planning for Sustainability: Supporting Community Based Reentry Programs

Planning for Sustainability: Supporting Community Based Reentry Programs

This webinar discusses strategies and recommendations for sustaining reentry programs initiated by community-based organizations. With a particular focus on programs that incorporate mentors, presenters discuss how to consider sustainability throughout the program-development process beginning in the planning phase. Topics include leveraging multiple funding streams from public and private sources, asset mapping, and how to build an agency’s profile in the field and community.

Publications

Using Jail to Enroll Low-Income Men in Medicaid

Using Jail to Enroll Low-Income Men in Medicaid

A recent pilot in Connecticut found that those who left jail with Medicaid coverage availed themselves of outpatient services, prescription medicines, and behavioral health care, often within one month of release.

Fair Chance Hiring in Philanthropy

Fair Chance Hiring in Philanthropy

This step-by-step guide supports foundations, their grantees, and vendors in implementing best-practice hiring policies that expand employment opportunity for formerly incarcerated people.

Recent headlines

Year in Review: Secretary Wetzel Outlines Pennsylvania Department of Corrections’ 2016 Achievements

‘With goals of protecting public safety, being transparent and fiscally responsible, reducing prison violence, providing inmates with life improving and life sustaining skills and providing employees with the knowledge needed to work in a challenging environment, 2016 was filled with many accomplishments at the facility and department level,’ said Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel.

How the Opioid Epidemic Is an Infrastructure Issue

Tom Vilsack, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, cited a lack of housing as a critical driver and perpetuator of the opioid epidemic. In August, the USDA laid out a plan to finance transitional housing for people in treatment for opioid addiction in 22 states; other speakers called on federal agencies to invest in developing more affordable housing in rural communities.

New Rule Will Increase Regular Child Support Payments to Families

The rule requires state child support agencies to increase their case investigative efforts to ensure that child support orders–the amount noncustodial parents are required to pay each month–reflect the parent’s ability to pay. Taking a more realistic approach to calculating child support payments, the rule requires states to consider a low-income noncustodial parent’s specific circumstances when the order is set, rather than taking a one-size-fits all approach.

Two Years after Prop 47, Addicts Walk Free with Nowhere to Go

Two years after it was approved by California voters, Prop 47 has scaled back mass incarceration of drug addicts, but successful reform is woefully incomplete. Proponents celebrate how the law freed at least 13,500 inmates from harsh sentences in crowded prisons and jails, but Prop 47 has done little to help these people restart their lives.

Building a Prison-To-School Pipeline

Formerly incarcerated undergrads started a group on campus to offer mentoring, support, and advocacy to other onetime inmates.

After a Crime, the Price of a Second Chance

“To tell somebody that if you can pay for this, you can get your charges dismissed, but if you are poor you are going to go through the system? That’s completely unfair,” said Mark Kammerer, who runs diversion programs for the Cook County state’s attorney in Chicago, where defendants are not charged a fee.

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