Meaningful work helps us build meaningful lives, and is essential for good mental health. When people can work to support themselves, find a sense of duty, and thrive, they are able to contribute to their communities and families, and are empowered to take good care of themselves. Long term incarceration can effectively make people dependent, and not just on the jail and prison systems. Denying returning citizens access to meaningful work forces them to rely on the social safety net or become homeless instead. We must give every community member a chance to access supported employment, especially when they must also focus on managing their mental health needs, or are entering society following incarceration. And we must provide them the training, education, and skill building opportunities they need to get there.

Policies supporting the hiring of people with mental illness and those who have criminal records will improve employment rates for these populations and enhance our overall economy.

Our Priorities:

  • Remove barriers to employment
  • Increase employment opportunities for people of all abilities

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