Who is this program for?
Incarcerated people who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness or co-occurring drug & alcohol disorder.
It costs approximately $25,000 per year to incarcerate an individual in a federal prison. Unfortunately, recidivism is extremely high, with 67% of ex-offenders being re-arrested within 3 years of their release from prison.
- Read more: Most Prisoners are Mentally Ill
- Behind Bars: Substance Abuse & America’s Prisons
- The Prison Population Forecaster // State Prison Population:
- How to reduce the federal prison population
Grapevine Center’s Forensic Peer Support Program is specifically intended to tackle and head off recidivism by helping people with mental health issues and/or co-occurring drug & alcohol disorders, reintegrate into the community after their release from prison.
Feeling Stuck and Worried About Your Future?
We can be a valuable resource for dealing with life in prisons, and can teach coping skills if desired; however, the main objective is to prepare you for re-entry into the community.
Your Forensic Peer and you will search together for the resources you need to:
- obtain adequate housing
- obtain a source of income
* Apply for Social Security,
- Apply for medical benefits & get your meds
We can also help with certain individualized, custom needs, such as appearing with you in court; directing you to obtain the education you need to succeed in life, etc.
The aim of this program is to support Peers in prison, so that when they are released , their basic needs are planned and provided for; and wellness and recovery goals are established and met, so that recidivism is greatly diminished.
We want to help YOU to live a fulfilling, meaningful life outside of the prisons!