Harm Reduction Learning Institute
DC Health

Needs of Returning Citizens with Substance Use Disorders

This module covers the various health and social needs of previously incarcerated individuals with substance use disorders upon returning home to their Washington, D.C. communities. It discusses the resources available to returning citizens, the challenges that these individuals may face, and some strategies providers can use to reduce these challenges. The module also reviews policy recommendations that can better support an individual’s transition from incarceration to reintegration in the community.

This course is jointly provided by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, HealthHIV, and the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health.

Learning Objectives
  1. Identify the physical health, mental health, and social needs of citizens with substance use disorders returning to their Washington, D.C. communities following incarceration
  2. Discuss the existing resources available to returning citizens in Washington, D.C.
  3. Assess common barriers faced by returning citizens that impede their successful reintegration into their communities
  4. Consider policy changes that could remediate these barriers and facilitate successful transition back into the community

  • Sonia Canzater, J.D., MPH
  • Stephanie Haynes Lewis, MSW, LCSW, LICSW, SAP, MAC

Launch Date

May 18, 2022

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No credit is offered for this training.


There is no cost for this training.

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