A Project of The College for Behavioral Health Leadership’s Peer Leaders Interest Group, The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion and the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse

The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population, but it has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners.  And more than half of them have a mental health problem, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. People who live with mental health challenges are less likely to be released on bail, and have longer jail and prison terms. Even when they are released, they are more likely to incur technical probation violations. And this doesn’t even take into account how difficult it is for people coming out of jails and prisons to get jobs and housing, which are essential to finding their way back to normal lives.

Because of the enormous need, this survey was developed to identify peer-run programs/services that serve individuals with behavioral health conditions who are returning to the community from jails and prisons. Peer-run organizations have been, and continue to be, leaders in providing cutting-edge, recovery-oriented mental health services and supports; so there is much to learn from their – that is, your – experience.

After these programs are identified, a document will be developed that will include:
· programs doing this work,
· guidelines for program design and/or advocacy initiatives,
· policy recommendations derived from the survey along with interviews of services, and
· an appendix, including:
        o   a bibliography,
        o   organizational contacts,
        o   usable resources,
        o   a dissemination and impact plan. 

We would be grateful for your participation! Because this survey is lengthy, we have posted a document online (click here) so that you can see all the questions before you begin.

If you are willing to fill out the survey online, please complete it by December 23, 2015. And thank you for your help!

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* 1. Contact Information