Prisoner Re-entry SSI/SSDI Advocacy

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Facilitating the successful reintegration of prisoners with disabilities into society

Prisoner Re-entry SSI/SSDI Advocacy

A recent study found that nearly 17 percent of individuals entering the adult penal system had a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or manic depression.1 Moreover, often the event causing the arrest was directly linked to a lack of income and an unmet need for services, such as mental health and addiction treatment, as well as a lack of basic life supports such as housing and employment. For individuals with serious mental illnesses, access to mental health and addiction services and to the income support that can pay for housing is generally provided through federal entitlement programs. And yet, many of these individuals lose their federal entitlements while in jail or prison. Others who are eligible for such benefits do not apply because they lack timely assistance from corrections staff or community health providers to file an application. Once released back into society, these individuals find themselves in the same situation that resulted in their incarceration in the first place.

Without income support or health coverage, many people with severe mental illnesses become caught in a cycle of recidivism.

Ensuring that incarcerated individuals with mental illnesses have immediate access to health care and monetary supports for food, clothing and shelter upon release is critical to their successful reintegration into society. With more than 22 years of experience providing benefits eligibility and advocacy services, MAXIMUS delivers a knowledgeable and experienced team to provide benefits advocacy services for individuals in correctional facilities.

Facilitate the Successful Reintegration of Prisoners with Disabilities into Society

The benefits of implementing a MAXIMUS prisoner re-entry SSI benefits advocacy project are numerous and include:

  • Provision of funds for basic life supports such as food, clothing and shelter
  • Provision of Medicaid/Medicare for medical treatment and prescription medicine
  • Reduction in recidivism
  • Reduction of inmates with serious mental illnesses in correctional facilities
  • Reduction in a state’s TANF population
  • Improved public safety

1More Mentally Ill Persons Are in Jails and Prisons Than Hospitals:
A Survey of the States