Increased attention to the overrepresentation of individuals with behavioral health challenges in prisons and jails across the country has led policymakers to establish reforms aimed at reducing the number of people in custody. According to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), access to community-based supports and services is critical to promoting recovery throughout the reentry process. During this 90-minute webcast, presenters will identify the factors contributing to justice system involvement among individuals experiencing mental illness and the ways in which incarceration can contribute to adverse mental health outcomes. The presenters will also introduce participants to Reentry Peer Specialists, an emerging role in the mental health workforce that draws on the shared lived experiences in the justice and mental health systems to support community reintegration.
Recovery After Incarceration: The Role of Peers in the Reentry Process
February 3, 2020