This webinar will address the importance of supportive reentry for those with mental health challenges and related recovery support needs. More than 700,000 individuals leave incarceration and detention each year in the United States, according to the U.S. Justice Department*. Investing in financial and other resources is critical to supporting what science shows increases the chances of successful reentry. The presentation will also discuss reentry within a health-based model of desistence and explore the supports that are demonstrated to improve the likelihood of successful recovery and reentry.
- Define and explain the health-based model of desistance
- Explain the importance of using person-first language
- Explain how a strengths-based approach can improve outcomes for justice-involved individuals
- List at least three strategies for supporting reentering citizens
Linda Frazier, M.A., RN, MCHES, director of addictions initiatives at Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP), has extensive leadership and consulting experience, with more than 30 years working in a variety of clinical settings—including outpatient behavioral health, medications for addiction treatment (MAT), women’s health, and adolescent and college health. Ms. Frazier served as associate director of treatment and recovery services for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Behavioral Health. She has also served on the leadership team of the American Public Health Association Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Section since 2009 and is currently the Past Chair.
Jennifer Christie, M.Crim., is a senior program associate II at AHP. She has extensive expertise in applying evidence-based practices in criminal justice settings. She works with all intercepts of the justice system to change a punitive approach to a research-driven, supportive, behavior-change approach through collaboration, relationship-building, and translating research into pragmatic solutions. Ms. Christie works to improve criminal justice services nationwide and has provided training and technical assistance to more than 20 states. Her work spans multiple agencies, where she has been involved in developing, advancing, and implementing policy changes that reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for individuals (both juvenile and adult) in and leaving the justice system.
Behavioral health providers, community health workers, integrated care providers, anyone working with individuals returning to the community after incarceration, and other traditional and nontraditional supports serving people experiencing homelessness.
*The United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Georgia, Community Outreach. (n.d.). Reentry fact sheet.