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SOAR Works for Individuals Involved in the Criminal Justice System

This issue brief, developed by the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center discusses best practices for integrating benefit options with community reentry strategies for people with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders to promote post-release success.

People with serious mental illness are more likely to be arrested multiple times for the same crime, spend more time in jail before adjudication, serve longer sentences, and have higher recidivism rates than those without mental illness. The post-release barriers experienced by people with criminal justice involvement and mental illness pose unique challenges not only for the individual but also for community service providers and reentry staff responsible for helping plan their successful transition into communities.
 
The SAMHSA SOAR Technical Assistance Center can help local corrections and community transition staff integrate benefit options with community reentry strategies for people with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders to promote post-release success.