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Helping Inmates Obtain Federal Disability Benefits: Serious Medical and Mental Illness, Incarceration and Federal Disability Entitlement Programs
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This report describes the experiences of three sites—the State of New York, the city of Philadelphia, and the State of Texas—that help prison or jail inmates prepare and file pre-release applications to initiate or restart Federal disability benefits. Through formal or informal partnerships, corrections, benefits, and healthcare professionals in these sites help inmates negotiate the applications process. Assistance may include assembling inmates’ identification, financial, and health records; preparing and filing pre-release applications for benefits; monitoring the status of applications; assisting with appeals when necessary; and working to ensure that releasees actually obtain benefits that are approved. (Author)
Washington, D.C.
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