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The Opioid Epidemic & Medication-Assisted Treatment

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In 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency, commonly referred to as the “Opioid Epidemic". In response to the increasing rates of opioid-related deaths and Opioid-use Disorder (OUD), the government launched several initiatives to combat the crisis. Despite these reform efforts, over two million Americans suffer from OUD, [...]

How to Clean Up Your Digital Footprint and Why It’s Important

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The internet has influenced how we live, communicate, shop, work, and socialize. It’s also changed the way we find and source information. A simple internet search provides a countless supply of data on virtually anything, including people. Similar to a background check, the internet is used by employers, schools, and government assistance agencies as an [...]

Start the New Year with a Clean Slate – Tips to Get Organized

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The new year is a time to reflect on the past and set resolutions for a fresh start. Common New Year’s resolutions focus on health and wellness, financial stability, and organization. Take the time to assess what you will focus on, particularly for your reentry journey, and create a plan to achieve your goals. It’s [...]

Your Mental Health Matters— During and After Your Transition

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Mental health issues have long been associated with shame, failure, and weakness, but this stigma has changed drastically over the past decade. Today, it’s normal to have an open dialog about mental health— if you haven’t experienced it yourself, you probably know someone who has. One in four people suffer from a mental health issue, [...]

Employment Tips to Land the Job You Want

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Q&A with Vanessa Q., Reentry Program Supervisor Securing a job after incarceration is often a top reentry priority for individuals making the transition to the community. Job hunting takes time, patience, and planning. We spoke with Vanessa Q., a Reentry Program Supervisor in California who specializes in job readiness, educational programming, and vocational training enrollment [...]

How to Connect with Your Community by Volunteering

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One of the biggest challenges after incarceration is finding a meaningful way to connect with your community. Volunteer work is the perfect way to renew your place in the community while giving back, showing gratitude, and making a difference in the lives of others. Additionally, some opportunities can lead to jobs and a long-term support [...]

How to Rebuild Relationships With Family and Friends During Your Transition

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Incarceration can have lasting effects on you, your friends, and family. Oftentimes, the separation can change the family dynamic or cause friends to fall out of touch. Research suggests that individuals with social support and positive family relationships tend to have better psychological wellbeing and a more successful transition into the community. Having people in [...]

Does a Criminal Record Prevent You from Going Back to School? Myths vs. Facts.

If you have goals to go back to school, but are hesitant to apply because of your criminal background, think again. As the country continues to take steps to provide Second Chance opportunities, educational institutions including trade schools and colleges have become more flexible with their admissions processes. Before you turn down the opportunity to [...]

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