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Social Security and Health Care Benefits for the Incarcerated

Authored By: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

This fact sheet describes (i) income support through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs, and (ii) health coverage under Medicaid and Medicare, which together can enable someone with mental illness to transition successfully from jail or prison to community life.

Last Review and Update: Jan 27, 2020