Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $218,413)
Catholic Charities Steuben/Livingston Second Chance Reentry Program
Catholic Charites Steuben/Livingston (CCSL) will provide transitional case management services to aid in the successful reintegration of eligible individuals slated to exit the Livingston county jail system. These services will start with the pre-release administration of our in-depth criminogenic risk assessment tool (the New York State COMPAS Risk and Needs Assessment) to incarcerated individuals to determine eligibility and form a customized “Transition from Jail to Community Initiative” (TJC) case management plan (CMP). This critical TJC directed CMP for community reentry includes post-release biweekly meetings (more if needed) conducted in person or virtual to monitor and assist with the execution of the each client’s customized TJC plan; targeted referrals to specialized aid-providers including (but not limited to) employment programs, housing assistance services, and mental health counselors; specialized parenting skills training classes; general case management; client advocacy; and streamlined collaboration with local jail and probation officials. We believe that our TJC-informed case management plans will provide increased success in reintegrating offenders to area communities and will accordingly reduce recidivism. Our progress towards these goals will be tracked utilizing our electronic records keeping software “Welligent” and via regular Program Performance Measure updates on the “justgrants” website. We will utilize the NYS COMPAS Risk and Needs Assessment to determine client’s risk level and program eligibility 3 months before release and readminister this risk assessment 12 months after release. The program will serve an estimated 20-25 clients per year, with a projected 50% or more completing the program and avoiding reentry into a correctional facility. CCSL’s Second Chance Reentry Program has the strong support of the Livingston County Jail.
Steuben and Livingston County families who have incarcerated family members will benefit from this service as well as the incarcerated individuals enrolled; and the communities at large will benefit with healthier and safer environments.
The mission of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester DBA Catholic Charities Steuben/Livingston is to build a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people through education, advocacy and provision of human services.