WORKING FOR DIGNITY, EQUALITY, EMPOWERMENT of all people with disabilities.
Inmates with Mental Illness
"Jails don't want to be psychiatric facilities and they shouldn't have to be psychiatric facilities."
The mental health issue of inmates is a critical concern when we talk of prison reform. Unlike prisons, jails largely hold individuals who have not been convicted of a crime but are instead awaiting trial and unable to afford bail. The rate of individuals with mental illness in our jails is staggeringly high, with jails and prisons functioning as de facto psychiatric facilities.
Watch this video to hear from inmates themselves as they tell their story.
“We all need to be advocates, not only for ourselves but for others, especially those who are new to disabilities….”
Tim Kolb is the CEO and Executive Director of the Kolb Foundation for Disability Education (KFDE) in Franklin, Nebraska. Currently, Tim also serves as the President of the Board of Directors at Independence Rising, the Center for Independent Living of Central Nebraska in Grand Island, is a member of the Community Advisory Board (CAB) of the Monroe-Meyer Institute in Omaha, and is a member of the Nebraska Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (NCCD). Over the years, Tim has served in a number of disability based organizations in Nebraska.
Tim is our guest blogger this month on the ADA 25th Anniversary page
PRESIDENT OBAMA COMMENTS on 25th ADA ANNIVERSARY
"Thanks to the ADA, the places that comprise our shared American life -- schools, workplaces, movie theaters, courthouses, buses, baseball stadiums, national parks -- they truly belong to everyone."
— President Obama
President Obama's remarks on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, July 20, 2015.
Lily Sughroe - Ted Talk "I am not my label."