National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

Re-Entry for Ex-Offenders with Disabilities
Jan Powe, Teresa Cochrane & Amy Marlatt   

This workshop will detail how to design a relevant survey, gather data, bring together ex-offenders and other interested stakeholders, distill information, establish a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Justice/Corrections and the mental health centers and distribute a directory of services available for ex-offenders with disabilities. The intent of the directory is to facilitate a more successful return for ex-offenders back to their home communities.

Learning goals and objectives:

 At the end of the workshop, the participants will know how to:

  •  Design a survey to distribute to current and former inmates.

  •  Bring together external committee members consisting of ex-offenders, mental health advocates, vocational rehabilitation advocates, churches, re-entry specialists from the Department of Justice/Corrections, staff from the community mental health centers, mentors, employers who are ex-offender friendly, and other identified stakeholders.

  •  How to find relevant information

  •  Compile listing of services available to ex-offenders with disabilities that encompass every county in the state

  •  Organize and write the directory in a manner that is easy for all to understand

  •  Create a Memorandum of understanding that is signed by the Department of Justice/Corrections and the states mental health centers

  •  Assure that the directory is properly available and distributed appropriately

Brief Biography of Presenters:

Jan Powe has worked at Kentucky Protection and Advocacy for 19 years and is currently serving as the coordinator of the program that provides advocacy to individuals with mental illness.

Teresa Cochran has worked at Kentucky Protection and Advocacy for two years and has led the agency in gathering and compiling the information for the resource directory

Amy Marlatt has worked for Kentucky Protection and Advocacy for the last 10 years and is the agency’s media guru. She has assumed the responsibility of seeing that the directory is printed and available on the P&A and Corrections websites.