TCOOMMITexas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments
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About one in five had severe mental illnesses, said the TCOOMMI report, while more had less severe mental health problems that contributed to serious substance use disorders (SUDs).
Believing strongly that inmates who received medical and cash assistance shortly after release would be less likely to require emergency hospitalization or commit new crimes to obtain income, the TCOOMMI staff approached the Texas Legislature for authorization to launch a program to aid inmates with benefits applications prior to release.
Recently, the council was formally incorporated into the TDCJ organization and renamed the Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Mental and Medical Impairments (TCOOMMI) to reflect its expanded role.