“Re-entry service providers such as peer-support coaches, mentors, outreach workers and others who are dedicated to helping people with criminal records live healthy and successful lives can help individuals overcome the myriad of challenges created through law and policy. Very often, helping someone to overcome these challenges must start with understanding the origin of the barriers.
Most justice-involved individuals face, particularly people with substance use and mental health disorders, obstacles that make it difficult to fully participate in society, including laws and policies that impede their access to jobs, housing and education. Those with substance use disorders confront an extra set of barriers, since drug offenses are often singled out as reasons for exclusion.
This webinar will provide an overview of barriers in employment, housing, and education as well as relatively new laws, policies and initiatives that may help individuals to overcome them.”
Sponsored by SAMHSA.
Source: Roberta Meyers, Director of National H.I.R.E. Network, Legal Action Center & Sebastian Solomon, Director of New York State Policy, Legal Action Center