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.
Reentry In the News
This webinar will provide an overview of collaborative programs in three locations across the country—Salt Lake County, Utah; Overland Park, Kansas; and Portland, Maine—that incorporate law enforcement, community supervision, and behavioral health agencies.
This program provides resources to state, local, and tribal governments to establish or enhance the provision of treatment to facilitate the successful reintegration of adults returning from incarceration to their communities.
In the largest event of its kind, more than 1,400 federally funded providers of reentry and mental health services convened Wednesday for a pair of overlapping conferences aimed at sharpening efforts to reduce rearrest and reincarceration rates and improve other mental health outcomes for people in contact with the criminal justice system.
A comprehensive reform proposal to strengthen Alabama’s corrections and criminal justice system and reduce the state’s severe prison crowding was released to the public today, in conjunction with a parallel policy framework developed by an interbranch task force of Alabama leaders, officials and stakeholders.
‘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.
McLennan County, Texas leaders are urging state lawmakers to approve a bill that would allow the county to have Medicaid and Social Security coverage for inmates suspended, rather than terminated, allowing their benefits to restart automatically upon release.
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.