Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

4-5-2019

Comments

Presented at the 2019 American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference

Abstract

Background

  • Approximately 630,000 prisoners are released into the community each year.1
  • First Step Act (2018) reduces minimum sentencing for populations such as nonviolent drug offenders.2
  • Majority released to unsafe areas due to shortage of affordable housing. 3
  • Insecure housing and homelessness are related to increased:
  • Recidivism4; Emergency room use5; Substance use 6; Unstable family relationships7; Mental health (MH) problems.7
  • Post-release is a high-risk time due to poor care continuity and lack of support.8 •Individuals report difficulty: Obtaining employment and stable housing, accessing relevant treatment services, reintegrating with their families and communities.9
  • Stable housing provides a secure place to seek employment, creates a sense of community, and develops a routine for complying with post-release terms.4

Language

English

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