Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $750,000)
Oriana House, Inc. (OHI), a non-profit community corrections agency is requesting funds from the Second Chance Act Community-based Reentry Program for the Category for Organizations Serving Rural Communities in the amount of $750,000.00.
OHI is proposing the Washington County Pre-release Program that will offer both pre-release and post-release services for offenders sentenced to Washington County Jail and returning to the county. Washington County is located in rural Southeast Ohio.
Target Population. The target population includes all post-adjudicated adult misdemeanor and felony offenders sentenced to the Washington County Jail who are also returning to Washington County. OHI is proposing to serve a minimum of 600 offenders during the grant with the hopes of serving additional pre-trial individuals as determined during the development of the Action Plan with the assistance of BJA technical support’s guidance.
Program Activities. OHI will partner with the Washington County Jail to provide pre-release services and will also provide post-release services. This voluntary program will provide pre-release services focusing on administering validated assessments, case management, substance use treatment, mental health services and linkages to community agencies related to the offender’s reentry.
The proposed post-release services will be a continuation of case management, substance use treatment, mental health services and linkages by OHI while assisting the offenders with their transition back into the community and offering assistance with transitioning them to the community providers for education, housing, employment and family services.
Product and Deliverables. OHI is proposing to lead the collaboration required for offenders to achieve successful reentry. During the first 6 months of the grant, OHI will work with BJA technical support, correctional partners and community reentry agencies to develop an Action Plan. OHI will complete quarterly reporting as outlined in the solicitation and will submit a final report at the end of the project period.
Grant Objectives. OHI is proposing to meet seven objectives (obj.). Obj. 1 – develop Action Plan; Obj. 2 – Implement approved Action Plan; Obj 3 – achieve 50% post-release engagement for misdemeanants and 75% engagement for felons; Obj 4 – 80% with SUD diagnosis will attend individual treatment session; Obj 5 – 60% of participants will engage with community providers; Obj 6 – establish baseline recidivism rate and decrease by end of grant; Obj 7 – Serve 600 offenders.
Priority Considerations. OHI is applying for Consideration 1(A) – Racial Equity, page 12 and also for Consideration 2(A) – Implement Activities shown as Effective in Reentry, page 7.