December 14, 2007

Helping prisoners get disability funds

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs has issued a report on correctional programs that help prisoners apply for federal disability payments so that their treatment services will not be interrupted upon their release from custody.

The report, "Helping Inmates Obtain Federal Disability Benefits," examines programs in Texas and New York state prisons and a county jail in Philadelphia. All three programs help severely ill offenders qualify and apply for federal benefits that, in turn, enable them to get necessary treatment in their local communities upon release.

The report provides practical information for mental health and medical staff in correctional settings as well as prison counselors, correctional administrators, and probation and parole officers.

It is available online.