2018 Webinar Series:

We will host six 90-minute webinars to explain Federal and State-specific laws and policies that hinder or facilitate re-entry.  The state that will be covered in each webinar respectively are: California, Colorado, Georgia, Rhode Island, Illinois and Kansas.  Register today!  Legal Action Center is a NAADAC approved education provider.

California –  July 26, 2018                                           1:00 pm – 2:30 pm PDT

Colorado – September 5, 2018                                 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm MST

Georgia –  September 6, 2018                                   2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST

Rhode Island –  September 10, 2018                     1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST

Illinois –  September 11, 2018                                   2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CDT

Kansas –  September 12, 2018                                   1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CDT

About this webinar series:

The webinar series, Helping Justice-Involved Individuals with Mental or Substance Use Disorders, or Both: Understanding How Laws, Regulations, & Policies Affect Re-entry Opportunities was sponsored by SAMHSA to provide an overview of federal and state laws in Kansas (slide), Illinois (slide), Rhode Island (slide), Georgia (slide), Colorado (slide), California (slide), New Jersey (slides), New York (slides), Massachusetts (slides), North Carolina (slides), Missouri (slides), Oregon (slides), Ohio (slides) and Utah (slides) that make it difficult for people with criminal records and substance use disorders to obtain employment, housing and education.  In addition to an overview of criminal record barriers that hinder successful re-entry, participants learn about relatively new laws, policies and initiatives that may help individuals to overcome these barriers.

Most justice-involved individuals, particularly people with substance use and mental health disorders, face 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 drug-related convictions confront a particularly high set of barriers to successful reentry in their communities.

Webinar Discussion:

  • How criminal record barriers exist in multiples ways
  • Federal and state employment restrictions
  • Legal protections for job seekers
  • Housing restrictions and the policies and practices that help increase opportunities
  • Higher education restrictions and opportunities
  • New Federal and state initiatives that support re-entry
  • Practical ways providers can support and help their clients
  • Free on-line resources and information

These webinars are for 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.

Webinar Recordings:



Rhode Island




New Jersey

New York


North Carolina





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