Larry Burg, President of The Demeter Foundation Board of Directors, will be starting a Blog series on SAMHSA's Eight Dimensions of Wellness. Please stay tuned for some informative and thought-provoking posts that we hope will encourage you to comment on.
The most recent report is July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017. You can view the report here. The 2018 report is due out in July 2018.
The women at Taycheedah Correctional can now purchase tablets that they will be able to have e-books on, some limited entertainment and possibly education opportunities, other basic features and also use the Corrlinks email system. While this is an improvement they cost $125.00. If family pays for it they have to post double the amount to the persons account because the state takes 50% of all money if they owe any restitution and if they are paid an average of 19 cents per hour if they work it would take 657 hours to pay for it. How many women do you think are going to be able to have those tablets?
One frantic call from the local jail catapults an entire family on a frightening journey that no family would wish to travel. Their traumatic journey encounters endless frustration and infuriating madness from which there is no escape. Millions of Americans are traumatized by the mass incarceration in this country. The Unvarnished Truth about the Prison Family Journey is an exceptional resource for prison families, as well as those serving them in the fields of criminal justice, education, ministry and mental health care. The authors have over fifty years combined personal and professional experience with the criminal justice system. They weave graphic personal, legal and emotional perspectives into a rare and boldly honest look at the realities faced by prison families. They offer encouragement and hope for successfully navigating the journey. Click on the photo for information.
We are partnering with a Dane County project that will be offering art classes for the children of incarcerated parents. Cultural Connections inspires youth with an incarcerated parent to build self-empowerment and confidence. Their tools are creative academics and equitable access to cultural capital. The program will be held at the Boys and Girls Club in Madison, WI. We look forward to assisting with the promotion of this program. Click here for information.
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) workshops are provided by a Nationally Certified WRAP Facilitator. The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP®, is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to overcome their own mental health issues and move on to fulfilling their life dreams and goals. It is now used extensively by people in all kinds of circumstances, and by health care and mental health systems all over the world to address all kinds of physical, mental health and life issues. Group size is 10-12 people and available to Community Corrections and other organizations. Assistance with individuals working on their WRAP plans is also available. To receive details about our workshops including fees please visit our contact page.
The Demeter Foundation provides services and supports to LGBTQ women in the Wisconsin Women's Correctional System and is now a state listed resource for Black and Pink in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. https://www.facebook.com/MKEBlackandPink/
Executive Director, Alice Pauser, gave a presentation to the Madison chapter of PFLAG on May 20, 2018 on being the parent of a gay woman in the prison system.
There's an estimated 2000 children in Dane County with a parent in prison, 5M nationwide. They suffer from more adverse childhood experiences than any other population of children suffering from disparities in our city. I wrote on this topic not because of Damien, but because of his father and and all of those other kids who've had a parent arrested and taken from the home at night yet ended up in the classroom the next morning expected to act like every other kid. As a Madison school's sub, I see kids playing out their trauma in the classroom everyday. It's heartbreaking and no one has the answers. I certainly don't. But here are the facts...Pat Dillon http://isthmus.com/news/cover-story/who-looks-out-for-children-when-their-parents-go-to-prison/
By Wendy Sawyer, Prison Policy Initiative
The story of women’s prison growth has been obscured by overly broad discussions of the “total” prison population for too long. This report sheds more light on women in the era of mass incarceration by tracking prison population trends since 1978 for all 50 states. The analysis identifies places where recent reforms appear to have had a disparate effect on women, and offers states recommendations to reverse mass incarceration for women alongside men. https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/women_overtime.html
Report Backs Early Intervention for Serious Mental Illness-May help keep people with psychiatric conditions out of criminal justice system
by Shannon Firth, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today December 14, 2017
WASHINGTON -- Identifying individuals with serious mental illness early, keeping them out of emergency rooms and jails, and increasing their access to quality care formed the basis of the recommendations of a new committee charged with improving mental healthcare across the country in a report released Thursday.