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NCJ Number: NCJ 216297     Find in a Library
Title: Helping Inmates Obtain Federal Disability Benefits
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Catherine H. Conly
Date Published: 12/2007
Page Count: 25
  Annotation: This study assessed three programs that assist inmates in preparing and filing prerelease applications for Federal disability benefits, so they can continue to receive funding for treatment without interruption after they are released from prison or jail.
Abstract: The results of the research in the three study sites--State of Texas, the city of Philadelphia, and the State of New York--show that helping offenders obtain Federal benefits not only can increase their access to care after release, but can also reduce the financial burden on State and local governments that fund indigent health care systems. Six lessons were learned from these three programs. First, interagency partnerships are essential to the benefits application process. Second, assigning prison/jail staff to benefits tasks can develop expertise and streamline administrative processes. Third, it is essential to find ways to finance treatment and monitor released offenders until benefits begin. Fourth, tracking outcomes of the process is useful in improving procedures and sustaining funding. Fifth, centralizing operations can help reduce delays and improve communication among partner organizations. Sixth, assisting mentally-ill inmates and released offenders pose special challenges. A limitation of the assessment of the three programs is that they have not conducted adequate outcome research. Systematic data collection would aid research and guide practice. The Federal disability benefits programs that were the focus of the three programs were Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Medicaid, Medicare, and veterans compensation or pension funds. 3 exhibits and 13 notes
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Prerelease programs ; Federal programs ; Post-release programs ; Persons with Disabilities ; Services effectiveness ; New York ; Pennsylvania ; Texas
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
United States of America
Grant Number: 99-C-008 2002TO097 000
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: NIJ Research for Practice
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