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By Cara Neil

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Cara Neil

“Reentry services” have become big business in the U.S. Broadly defined by the Bureau of Justice Statistics as services “related to the transition of offenders from prison to community supervision” (see Reentry Trends in the U.S.), a range of programs fall into this category – including housing, mental and behavioral health counseling, electronic monitoring, employment services, case management, etc. These services are purchased primarily by federal, state, and local corrections agencies.

The reason for the growth in the purchase of reentry services is obvious. There are 6.8 million prisoners in the United States – over 780,000 have a mental health disorder (see Correctional Populations In The United States, 2013 and Mental Health Problems of Prison and Jail Inmates ) and 2.4 million have an substance abuse disorder (see A New Opportunity To Serve Justice-Involved Consumers). And, with growing pressure to eliminate prison overcrowding and release non-violent offenders, the need for transition support continues to grow.

Our team at OPEN MINDS tracks government reentry procurements and in the past year, we reported on 93 federal and state RFPs  – 38 were from the federal government and 55 were from state governments. To give you an idea of the contracting models, these are the largest awards from the past year:

$33,481,040 – Federal Government Awards Residential Reentry Center and Home Detention Services Contract to Northwest Regional Reentry Center

  • Number of beds – Over 118 for residential reentry center services; Over 29 for home detention services
  • Services provided – Case management; employment placement assistance; mental health counseling; anger management programs; domestic violence classes; and electronic monitoring
  • Contract period: February 3, 2015 through February 2, 2020
  • Read the RFP – Residential Reentry Center and Home Detention Services (RFP-200-1237-WS)
  • Place of performance – Salem, Oregon

$23,307,025 – Federal Government Awards Residential Reentry Center Services Contract to Volunteers of America Minnesota

  • Number of beds – Over 60 for residential reentry center services
  • Services provided – Financial education; job readiness; time management classes; anger management classes/referrals; moral reasoning; cognitive reconstruction; and parent education
  • Contract period: June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2019
  • Read the RFP – Residential Reentry Center Services (RFP-200-1192-NC)
  • Place of performance – Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, Minnesota

$19,742,606 – Federal Government Awards Residential Reentry Center and Home Detention Services Contract to TJ Mahoney & Associates, Inc.

  • Number of beds – Over 80 for residential reentry center services; Over 30 for home detention services
  • Services provided – Case management; individual counseling; substance abuse counseling; behavioral support services; health relationship classes; coping classes; self-esteem building classes; computer competency classes; and job searching skills
  • Contract period: January 10, 2014 through July 9, 2019
  • Read the RFP – Residential Reentry Center and Home Detention Services (RFP-200-1230-WS)
  • Place of performance – Oahu, Hawaii

$18,524,407 – Federal Government Awards Residential Reentry Center Services Contract to Dismas Charities, Inc.

  • Number of beds – Over 25 for residential reentry center services
  • Services provided – Religious studies; anger management; alcoholics, narcotics, and cocaine anonymous; women’s programs; parenting and marriage enhancement; employment and job skills; GED, trade, and college classes; money management; and healthy lifestyles
  • Contract period: January 13, 2014 through January 12, 2019
  • Read the RFP – Residential Reentry Center Services (RFP-200-1171-SC)
  • Place of performance – El Paso, Texas

$17,892,313 – Federal Government Awards Residential Reentry Center Services Contract to The GEO Group, Inc.

  • Number of beds – Over 55 for residential reentry center services; Over 15 for home detention services
  • Services provided – Substance abuse counseling; anger and stress management; budgeting; health and nutrition; how to secure housing; resume writing; job search strategies; job application assistance; interview techniques; case management; drug/alcohol testing; and monitoring
  • Contract period: February 7, 2014 through February 6, 2019
  • Read the RFP – Residential Reentry Center Services (RFP-200-1211-WS)
  • Place of performance – Hidalgo County, Texas

In our database, there are currently five open RFPs for reentry services:

  1. Federal Government Announces Offender Reentry Program Grant Funding (Nationwide)
  2. Federal Government Announces Residential Reentry Center and Home Confinement Services Funding (Casper, Wyoming)
  3. Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County Seeks Reentry Services (Pennsylvania)
  4. Federal Government Announces Residential Reentry Center and Home Confinement Services Funding (Mobile or Baldwin, Alabama)
  5. Federal Government Announces Residential Reentry Center and Home Confinement Services Funding (Salt Lake County, Utah)

For more on contracting with the criminal justice system, join us at the 2015 Strategy & Innovation Institute on June 16-18, New Orleans, for the presentation Serving The Criminal Justice Population: Reentry & Community Mental Health Programs, led by OPEN MINDS Senior Associate Paul Neitman; with Bob Mann, Oklahoma Department of Corrections Administrator of Mental Health Operations; and Betsy Hardwick, Chief Operating Officer and Program Administrator at Reentry Project for Offenders with Special Needs.

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