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Helping Justice-Involved Individuals with Substance Use & Mental Health Disorders: Understanding How Laws, Regulations, & Policies Affect Re-entry Opportunities – In California

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. This webinar is one of six state-specific webinars being hosted by the Legal Action Center in 2018. Click here for other webinar registration opportunities covering other state information.

Root & Rebound's Sonja Tonnesen will be speaking about the legal barriers faced by those living with criminal records, and how those who are dedicated to supporting this population can help them navigate these barriers to live healthy and successful lives. 

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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-specific 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 online 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. 

This course has been approved by Legal Action Center, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 1 CE. NAADAC Provider #174297, Legal Action Center is responsible for all aspects of its programming.