Helping Justice-Involved Individuals with Substance Use & Mental Health Disorders: Understanding How Laws, Regulations, & Policies Affect their Opportunities – California, Illinois, Georgia, Colorado, Rhode Island & Kansas.

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm MST

Most justice-involved individuals, particularly those with substance use and/or mental health disorders, face numerous obstacles that make it difficult to fully participate in society.  There are structural barriers, including laws and policies that may impede their access to jobs, housing and education as well as personal challenges.  However, with a little help, support, and planning these individuals may overcome and mitigate the negative impact of a criminal record.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what criminal records are, where they are kept, who can see them, and how they are used in employment, housing, and higher education.
  • Understand legal and practical challenges faced by individuals with substance use and/or mental health disorders.
  • Understand federal and state laws that offer legal protections for people with substance use and/or mental health disorders and criminal records.
  • Understand what evidence of rehabilitation is and how to gather it.
  • Understand how drug court and other reentry professionals can individuals successfully navigate reentry.
  • Identify on-line and community-based local resources that provide information and services for people with criminal records.


Drug court professionals, treatment and health support team  members, particularly re-entry 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.

Below you will find a listing of the states that are participating. Feel free to click on the state you are interested in to register.

State: California                 Date: March 27, 2018                      1 pm – 2:30 pm PDT          POSTPONED
State: Illinois                        Date: April 3, 2018                            2 pm – 3:30 pm CDT           POSTPONED
State: Georgia                      Date: April 10, 2018                         2 pm – 3:30 pm EST           POSTPONED
State: Colorado                   Date: April 17, 2018                         1 pm – 2:30 pm MDT         POSTPONED
State: Rhode Island           Date: April 24, 2018                         1 pm – 2:30 pm EST           POSTPONED
State: Kansas                        Date: May 1,2018                               1 pm – 2:30 pm CDT         POSTPONED

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