Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $900,000)
Abstract – Purpose Area 3 Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Reintegration (Reentry) Program The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes is a federally recognized tribe located in Caddo County, Oklahoma. With this funding, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Reintegration (Reentry) Program will develop and implement a coordinated, community based, culturally appropriate Reintegration (Reentry) Program with case management services through numerous partnerships. Services will include treatment, aftercare and other re-entry supportive services to adult individuals re-entering communities from tribal, local, state, and federal correctional facilities with the objective to reduce recidivism and promote healing. 15-20 clients will be enrolled on a yearly basis with length of the program lasting one year for each program participant. Brief description of the project’s purpose: A primary focus of our reentry efforts is to remove or reduce barriers to successful reentry so that motivated individuals who have served their time and paid their debt to society are able to compete for a job, attain stable housing, support their children and their families, and contribute to their communities. Funding for a comprehensive reentry program is expected to have a significant impact upon our high rates of Native crime by providing much needed support in housing, health and wellness, employment, mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment for Natives in the process of reintegration. Population to be served: The population to be served by this project is the Wichita Tribal Enrollment approximately 3,481 tribal members and the program will serve 100 clients per total project, estimated 20 per year for 5 years. Activities that the applicant will implement to achieve the project’s goals and objectives. • Staffing: Hire a full time Reintegration (Reentry) Program Director and a full time Reintegration (Reentry) Case Manager• Staff Orientation and Mandatory Grant Training• Purchasing Office Furniture, computers, Supplies and Resources for Client Supportive Services (housing assistance for clients for deposits and rent assistance, funds for specialized DUI assessments, and driver’s license reinstatement fees.)• Developing a Wichita Tribe Reintegration (Reentry) Program through community based case management services with numerous partners• Implementing/operating the Wichita Tribe Reintegration (Reentry) Program over a 5 year timeframeIf you are requesting funding in multiple purpose areas, is the receipt of funding in a particular purpose area required for the implementation of any other purpose area being requested? If so, explain. Though receipt of funding is not required to implement the other purpose areas, they are intertwined. Because of the numerous safety issues for all tribes in the area, we have also requested PA2 funding for strategic planning of the justice system in coordination with all 6 tribes within this jurisdictional area. Reentry will be just one of the many issues to be addressed within this strategic planning process. PA9 proposes to develop an evidenced-based, preventative wrap around Tribal Youth Program for youth 12-17 years old, to assist with educational expectations, minimize youth truancy, drop-out rates, delinquency, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, depression and suicide through prevention, intervention, and counseling to increase a youth’s leadership potential and to prevent and reduce negative life choices.