Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $900,000)
WestCare Kentucky, Inc. (WCKY) will implement and sustain an evidence-based vocational training and employment program with supportive services for adults in jail-based programs in Eastern Kentucky. The program will be offered in the Pike County Detention Center in Pikeville. The program will focus on serving high-risk individuals currently in substance use disorder treatment and recovery. Reentry and community-based services will be offered through WCKY’s local facilities in Pike County. Transitional living will be offered at WCKY’s Perry Cline Shelter. The project will serve the high-risk rural areas of Pike, Floyd, and Letcher counties and support the surrounding 5th Congressional District in the Appalachian Mountains.
Goal 1: Provide career training and reintegration services to reentering adults in Pike, Floyd & Letcher Counties. Objective 1.1: Expand services in three rural, resource-limited counties, serving 150 unduplicated individuals during the 36-month project period. Objective 1.2: 100% of participants will receive individualized career planning services resulting in an Individualized Services Plan (ISP) within 30 days of entering the program. Objective 1.3: 65% of participants will successfully complete the program. Goal 2: Ease community reintegration and improve job readiness, employment, and program retention for reentry population in Pike, Floyd and Letcher Co. Objective 2.1: 90% of participants will receive services as identified as needing, including job readiness assessments, individualized case plans, and employment services; 80% of participants will remain active in the program after reentry. Objective 2.2: 70% of clients will attend 70% of scheduled sessions. Objective 2.3: 70% of consumers who receive MRT will demonstrate reductions in criminal thinking; 70% who complete MRT will not recidivate within 12 months of release from incarceration. Objective 2.4: 100% of clients will receive an assessment for co-occurring disorders and those in need will receive coordinated delivery of COD services within the first 30 days of treatment as reflected in the EHR. Goal 3: Improve and expand reentry career training programs informed by labor market needs in Pike, Floyd, and Letcher Co. Objective 3.1: Develop a project action plan within 6 months of receiving final budget approval. Objective 3.2: Monitor labor market needs in each county by attending chamber of commerce meetings each quarter. Objective 3.3: Update Action Plan annually with input from community partners. Objective 3.4: Develop at least 5 partnerships with local employers per year. Objective 3.5: Train corrections and service provider leadership and staff in career training programming by conducting 2 sessions per year.