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Thursday, November 7 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Reentry for the Mental Health Population: Achieving Security and Stability

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Millions of people are released from incarceration with mental illnesses that impede their successful reentry into society. This session describes two innovative legal service projects helping this traditionally underserved population. The DOES Project at Legal Action of Wisconsin goes into prisons to assist clients prerelease, using lawyers to provide advocacy in SSI/SSDI applications and appeals. The DOES Project continues to represent clients through the challenging and vulnerable period following release, aiming for economic security, health care coverage, and overall stability. Likewise, Beacon Law provides legal services to individuals re-stabilizing after homelessness or incarceration by removing barriers to employment, housing, and healthcare. They aid clients obtaining a valid driver’s license and sealing eligible criminal history. They also assist in SSI/SSDI matters, appealing disability denials though the SOAR initiative. We will discuss compelling reasons to focus on the reentering population and the challenges and opportunities inherent in providing legal services centering around reentry.


Lars Brown

Disabilities Treatment Director, Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Lars Brown is the reentry disabilities treatment director for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WIDOC). Lars oversees reentry programs, including the Opening Avenues to Reentry Success (OARS) Program. OARS is a joint DOC/Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WIDHS) program... Read More →

Ms. Katie Alft

Project Directory, Attorney, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.
Katie J. Alft is an attorney practicing high impact poverty law at Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc., since 2009. She is the director of the firm’s Disabled Offender Economic Security (DOES) Project, which consists of nine attorneys and four paralegals and assists clients releasing... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 4:15pm - 5:45pm EST
Brule B 5th Floor