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By Cara Neil

A couple of weeks ago, we covered the issue of community reentry, The Community Reentry Mess – What Works?. What was very obvious, is that the approach to reentry and the supports available are highly variable from one locale to the next. And, predictably, the variability depends on which part of the corrections system you look – with very different initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels.

In our above coverage, we featured the reentry initiatives in Michigan and Illinois. Michigan created the ReEntry Project for Offenders with Special Needs. The project started in 2009 with the release of the request-for-proposals (RFP), Michigan Seeks Re-Entry Initiative Project for Offenders with Special Needs. The state awarded this contract to Professional Consulting Services in 2009. Just last year, Michigan released another request-for-information (RFI) (see State of Michigan Department of Corrections Request for Information: Reentry Project for Offenders with Special Needs). Taking a similar approach, the Cook County Illinois Department of Corrections created Therapeutic Diversion, where the county contracted with Be Well Partners in Health for its first 10-week program, in June 2013. Since its creation, the Therapeutic Diversion program has modified from 10 weeks to five days per week, year round. The most recent contract period is 15 months (see Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Budget Committee Meeting Minutes; Friday, January 30, 2015).

Over the past 12 months, there have been 28 federal RFPs and 16 state/local RFPs for community reentry. Of these, there is one open RFP:

  • Alaska Seeks Prisoner Reentry Initiative Services – Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority seeks a contractor to provide services for the Alaska Prisoner Reentry Initiative: Prisoner Reentry Coalition Capacity Development. Proposals are due 7/17/2015.

In the same period, there have been eight contract awards for community reentry services. The three most recent are:

New Jersey’s Mercer County Awards 2 Contracts for Inmate Community Reentry Program Services

  • Description – To reduce the long-term recidivism rates of ex-inmates by providing treatment services, stable housing, and other supportive services
  • Winning organizations — Clinical Case Management, and Supportive Services
  • Contract period — 07/01/2015 through 12/31/2016
  • Contract amount — Clinical Case Management: $108,750; Supportive Services: $57,750
  • Winning proposal – Unavailable at this time

Colorado Awards Community-Based Reentry Services Contract to the Latino Coalition for Community Leadership

  • Description – A mechanism to facilitate and support a strong partnership between the Colorado Department of Corrections and community-based reentry programs to increase the success of people on parole and to enhance public safety
  • Winning organization — Latino Coalition for Community Leadership
  • Contract period — 10/22/2014 through 06/30/2016
  • Contract amount — $1,000,000.00
  • Winning proposal – Available

Pennsylvania Awards 3 Contracts for Offender Reentry Outpatient Mental Health Services

  • Description – To provide mental health case management and outpatient mental health treatment services for seriously mentally ill offenders transitioning to the community
  • Winning organizations – Gaudenzia, Inc.; Omni Health Services; Nulton Diagnostic and Treatment Center, P.C.
  • Contract period — 11/24/2014 through 07/31/2016
  • Contract amount — Gaudenzia: Individual Rate – $91.49; Group Rate – $27.75; Nulton: Individual Rate – $22.00 per 15 minutes ($88 per hour); Group Rate – $7.00 per 15 minutes ($28.00 per hour); Omni: Individual Rate – $127.00 per person per hour; Group Rate – $40.00 per group per 1.5 hours
  • Winning proposal: Unavailable at this time

For more on the effectiveness of community reentry programs (these programs are reducing recidivism rates by as much as 19% in some states), see Reducing Recidivism, Serving The Criminal Justice Population: Reentry & Community Mental Health Programs, and Change in Community Correctional Reentry Programs: Leaders Must Forward Teamwork, Collaboration, & Specialized Education. And, for even more, don’t miss the session, Mental Health & The California Criminal Justice System: Moving Justice-Involved Consumers Into The Counties/Communities, led by my colleague Richard Louis, III, Executive Director, Strategic Development, Providence Community Services & OPEN MINDS Advisory Board Member, on Wednesday, August 26 at The OPEN MINDS California Management Best Practices Institute.

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