SB 950 – Healthy Recovery and Reentry

What is this bill about?

SB 950 is aimed at breaking the cycle of drug addiction and recidivism by helping to ensure that healthcare, supportive services, and the substance use treatment on which many formerly incarcerated people rely are continued after the person’s release and as they re-enter the community.

How does it align with yli’s values?

Approximately 60% of people in reentry struggle with a drug addiction, and need continued substance abuse treatment and other health services. Substance abuse is a core issue at yli – our youth fight everyday on policies that help to prevent and/or address the impacts of substance use on their communities. We have also witnessed first hand the brutal impacts of our state’s harmful “justice” system on their lives, and the lives of their families. We are staunch advocates for measures that support our incarcerated loved ones to return home with the supports they need to recover and participate fully in their lives.

SB 950 will help break the cycle of drug addiction & recidivism by:

  • Requiring CDCR to work with the federal government and other state departments to assist eligible incarcerated people to enroll in Medicaid/Medi-Cal, SSI, CalFresh and other programs as appropriate prior to the person’s release into the community
  • Requiring the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) and CDCR to work w/ drug & alcohol recovery experts, reentry advocates, providers of supportive housing and others, to help secure housing prior to an incarcerated person’s release
  • Ensuring that those residing in MCRP, CCRP, or other re-entry facilities who are eligible are enrolled in food, healthcare and other support services to maximize support and facilitate reentry success

This policy aligns with our Racial Justice and Health Justice Platforms, which address the impacts of the carceral system and substance use on communities of color.

What is yli doing about it?

We have just submitted a letter endorsing this bill, and we are showing our support on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Who supports this bill?

  • Amity Foundation (sponsor)

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