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Before, During and After Incarceration

BDAI Family and Volunteer Support Dinner

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 5:30 pm

WHO – We welcome individuals and their families who have been affected previously or are currently impacted by incarceration & BDAI Volunteers.

WHAT – A meal will be provided in a relaxing gathering. A short presentation may occur to update attendees regarding BDAI’s activities.

Childcare and activities provided.

WHERE: Boardman River Nature Center (New Location Summer Picnic)

1450 Cass St.
Traverse City, MI 49684

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BDAI advocates for the incarcerated by providing restorative programming, family support, and community education about alternatives to incarceration while engaging local and statewide stakeholders to improve the criminal justice system.


Please consider making a donation to BDAI


BDAI Inc. is a 501c3 charitable organization and your donation will help the incarcerated and their families.  

Check out BDAI's Fund Appeal letter to see all of the ways we are helping the incarcerated through your generous support!

Fund Appeal Letter

Help Others


BDAI offers a Coaching Program to help those who are recently released from jail to find the resources they need to successfully reintegrate into the community. 

Interested in being a coach or know someone recently released from jail who could use a coach?


Contact Tom Bousamra 

Everyone Deserves the Best Care

Do you have a concern with a Mental Health provider?

Do you need to file a complaint? Get more information here


Distressed or In Crisis?

Life-Threatening Emergencies:

Call 911

National Suicide/Mental Health Crisis Lifeline:

Call 988 

24-Hour Mental Health Crisis Line

1-833-295-0616  TTY 711 

Local 24/7 Mobile Crisis Services

​National Crisis Text Line:

Text HOME to 741741 24/7 crisis counseling

MI Mental Health Warmline:


StrongHeart Native Helpline

 StrongHearts Native


Crisis Welcoming Center

Walk ins Welcome

105  Hall St, Traverse City

Open 8am-5pm Mon.-Fri.

We are here to help: 

NAMI-Grand Traverse

(National Alliance on Mental Illness) 


(Before During & After Incarceration)


A Call to Action Northern Michiganders-Mental Health Reform

Proposed bills address mental health parity and Mental Health Workforce development, both of which are key to comprehensive mental health care in out state.

 Good Time Makes Good Sense

Good time is a system of credits available for incarcerated citizens who demonstrate they are turning their lives around and exhibit behavioral change in measureable ways. 

Michigan is only one of six states that does not have early release programs









Find out more about the Good Time proposal 

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Help collect signatures to see Good Time on the ballot in November 2024: Info Here

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 MI Expungement Laws

New legislation has made it possible for certain crimes to be expunged from a person's record. 

What does the new “Clean Slate” law do?

The new law expands eligibility to petition for an expungement in several ways, and creates a new process that will automatically seal certain non-violent conviction records if a person has remained conviction-free for a period of time (seven years for misdemeanors; 10 years for felonies. Automatic expungement will start on April 2023. More information on expungement and what qualifies can be found here

 MI Justice Reform Signed into Law

Fair Chance Housing


Over 2 million people in Michigan have a criminal record and, as a result, face barriers to employment, food, and shelter. Nearly 45,000 laws and statutes face people returning home from prison that exclude them from access to basic life necessities. 

In fact, recent research has shown that formerly incarcerated people are 10 times more likely to experience homelessness than the general population. In other research, 79 percent of the study’s participants were denied housing based on their own or a family
member’s conviction history. The “Fair Chance Housing” ordinance seeks to expand housing opportunities for people with records who have served their time and are seeking to provide for themselves and their families. (Nation Outside 2023)

Contact: Bonnie Zabel Traverse City Regional Coordinator Phone: 231.715.1733

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