One way to reduce the number of inmates with mental illnesses in jail or prison is to close the revolving door through which many keep returning. Most correctional administrators and staff believe that people with mental illnesses need help rather than punishment. Improving their access to federal benefits upon release is a way to get them needed help and an important part of a strategy to reduce recidivism.
Creating New Options includes a PowerPoint presentation and a manual that describe the needs of individuals with mental illnesses who are incarcerated in jail or prison and explain how correctional staff can help them access the federal benefits that can pay for the housing, food and health and mental health care they need for successful transition to the community.
Purchase the manual and CD (shipping is included) or download a PDF of the manual and the Power Point.
To purchase the manual or Power Point separately, email the Publications Desk for price information.