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Public Benefits, Welfare & Medical Assistance: Overview of Public Benefits Lost Due to Criminal Record

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Self-Help Materials

Department of Human Services' list of Criminal Justice Disqualifications

Explains what public benefits in Michigan are unavailable based on convictions or warrants.

Applying for SSI and Disability

Link to application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Disability.


21 U.S.C. §862a

Federal statute permanently barring anyone with a drug-related felony conviction from receiving federal cash assistance and Food Stamps during his or her lifetime. Benefits barred include Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Food Stamps. Benefits excluded from the ban include emergency medical services under 42 U.S.C. §1396 et seq.; short-term, non-case, in-kind emergency disaster relief; certain public health benefits; prenatal care; job training programs; drug treatment programs; Medicaid; Social Security Disability (SSD); and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
As of June 2010, Michigan has opted out of this lifetime ban entirely.

42 U.S.C. §608(a)(9)(A)

States may not provide the following benefits to people who are fleeing to avoid prosecution in a felony case or are violating a condition of probation or parole: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), public and federally assisted housing, and Food Stamps. These people remain eligible for Medicaid.

7 U.S.C. §2015(b)

Fraud or misrepresentation concerning government benefits may result in criminal and/or civil liability.


CLASP Fact Sheet: A Critical Bridge to Success: Making Public Benefits Accessible to Parents with Criminal Records

Overview of public benefits issues as they affect people with records.

Finding the Key to Successful Transition from Jail to Community: An Explanation of Federal Medicaid and Disability Program Rules

Information on benefit eligibility for individuals returning from incarceration. Prepared by the Bazelon Center.

Lifelines: Linking to Federal Benefits for People Exiting Corrections

A publication from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, which offers state and local officials and corrections administrators a blueprint for linking inmates of jails and prisons who have psychiatric disabilities to federal benefits promptly upon their release back into the community.

Other pages in this section: Applications & Forms - Overview of Public Benefits Lost Due to Criminal Record - Disability & Social Security After Incarceration - Losing Benefits Due to Warrants - Selective Service Registration - Medicaid, Medicare Health Care - Health Care While Incarcerated

Section overview: Public Benefits, Welfare & Medical Assistance

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