When a citizen returns from incarceration, they need support. Maryland Wellness has been fortunate to partner with so many wonderful organizations at Reentry Events, which help get our community members set up for success by helping them access reliable housing, transportation, new IDs, background friendly jobs (and training), GEDs, expungement services and mental health care!
What Maryland Wellness does is help with all of these activities that might otherwise seem overwhelming, allowing a person to focus on their mental health journey. Even getting an ID, which might seem simple on the surface, can present a great challenge – where do you find your birth certificate, two pieces of mail and your social security card if you’ve just returned home? We can help with these potential barriers or obstacles that could interrupt someone trying to cope with a mental health condition.
Mental illness among those in the system is pervasive with 64 percent of jail inmates, 54 percent of state prisoners and 45 percent of federal prisoners reporting mental health concerns, according to the American Psychological Association. The need for these programs is real – if individuals can feel safe and secure in their lives, they are less likely to go back to the life that led to their incarceration, which has been proven through programs in various states.