A new ‘Release Checklist’ from ReEntry Mental Health Action Team will help families and friends plan and provide a continuum of care for persons with mental illness as they transition back to their communities after incarceration.
The Action Team meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at TVF&R Community Room, 20665 SW Blanton Street, Aloha. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is the text of the Release Checklist 2016 brochure, composed and produced by ReEntry Mental Health Action Team.
PERSONS WITH MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS
RELEASING FROM OREGON PRISON
A Guide for Families, Friends & Advocates
to Help Plan & Provide a Continuum of Care
Oregon Department of Corrections coordinates with the County to which the person will be released. The efforts of ODOC help to provide a continuum of care for persons with mental health needs after incarceration.
You can help ensure a continuum of care.
Person in custody must sign a Release of Information (ROI) form
so that confidential information can be released.
A note to family & friends:
While in prison your loved one has been unable to make many decisions or have
control over his or her day-to-day life. As the day of release approaches, they may
become increasingly anxious and irritable. While very excited about finally leaving
prison, the reality of entering the unknown and succeeding in a much different world
can cause worry and stress. You may find your loved one’s behaviors so very different than what you expected. Encourage open communication. Be patient and supportive while allowing them time to adjust to their new life.
Your local NAMI offers classes for families and friends and help accessing community mental health services. www.nami.org
Find out how you can help your recently or soon to be released loved one successfully re-enter our communities. Release Orientations are co-facilitated by Community Corrections and Oregon CURE. (CURE: Citizens United For Rehabilitation of Errants) http://oregoncure.org/orientations
ReEntry & Mental Health Action Team advocates for improved services for justice-involved persons with mental health challenges. Meetings are held monthly. email@example.com