Identify the Need

Mentally diagnosed offenders requiring continuation of health care, therapy services and/or housing but are not accepted in or the service or program of need is not available in the area, the offender’s decision of parole is revoked. For instance, small rural areas are limited in the mental/medical health services or programming / therapy services that are offered. Therefore, an offender requiring the continuation of services but unable to identify community providers offering the services the offender requires upon release, decision of parole will be revoked and the offender reminds in prison. Additionally, if the offender requires a continuation of health care, therapy services and/or housing, but if the services are not available in the county of resident or community providers are unwilling to accept ex-offenders in the provider’s housing, treatment or programming services, the decision for parole is revoked. Thus, the offender remains in prison until continuum of services or housing are identified; or expiration of sentence, whichever comes first. Thus, if the mentally diagnosed offender does not located housing for parole, the offender will probably still not locate housing prior to expiration of his or her sentence. In essence, the mentally diagnosed offender on day of expiration will become homeless.

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