Improving conditions, treatment, services, and reentry for inmates with disabilities

AVID focuses on improving the conditions, treatment, services, and reentry for people with disabilities who are incarcerated in our state’s jails and prisons, as well as those who reside at the Special Commitment Center. AVID works to ensure that those who are reentering the community have their voices heard and their rights protected.

Program Updates

Please join us: Washington State Mental Health Reform Taskforce Meeting

March 2, 2018The stakeholder meeting will explain these developments and solicit input from stakeholders like you on what should be under consideration to make lasting change.

Helen Gebreamlak joins AVID Program

November 30, 2017We are looking forward to Helen’s contributions to AVID’s advocacy of behalf of people with disabilities incarcerated in prisons and jails around the state.

Urgent: U.S. District Court seeks diversion service providers

November 16, 2017The Trueblood U.S. District Court is seeking existing, experienced and appropriately credentialed providers who can provide diversion services.

Locked Up and Locked Down: Segregation of Inmates with Mental Illness

September 8, 2016Between 80,000 and 100,000 inmates are currently segregated in prison cells nationwide for 22-24 hours per day, for days, months, years, and in some cases decades at a time. Segregation disproportionately affects inmates with mental illness and research shows that individuals may acquire symptoms of mental illness, or experience exacerbated symptoms of mental illness, as a result of the conditions in segregation.
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