Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $750,000)
Palm Beach County’s RESTORE (Regional and State Transitional Ex-Offender Initiative) seeks to coordinate and provide comprehensive treatment, recovery and other supportive reentry services to 90 individuals released from the County jail to the underserved communities of Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay. These individuals will have served a county sentence (365 days or less) and have been assessed to show a need for substance abuse disorder treatment or behavioral health services. The City of Riviera Beach is a sub recipient of this award as services will be contracted through their Reentry Center. In order to develop a comprehensive plan, in conjunction with the BJA and the technical assistance provider, the County, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the City of Rivera Beach Reentry Center, the Palm Beach County Health Care District’s C.L. Brumbak Primary Care Clinic, along with the Reentry Task Force will develop a data driven action plan. The well-established Reentry Task Force will form a work group to evaluate current crisis response services, diversion models, engagement and access to medication while in incarcerated settings in Palm Beach County. This group will identify gaps in services and will seek out interventions for long-term recovery. As best practices and interventions are identified, training and education will be developed by the grant coordinator in conjunction with the work group. Experts will be utilized to conduct training. Sessions will be presented to criminal justice agencies, mental health and substance use agencies and community based behavioral health providers. Current resources will be provided to program staff and peer specialists to utilize with clients. If these resources do not currently exist, the task force will advocate for additional interventions. Florida Atlantic University, who is part of the Reentry Task Force, will complete the final report. Data will be collected in the RENEW case management system. This system is a multi-agency case management system which allows data to be shared across organizations. Priority consideration is being sought under section 1.A.(Program Narrative page # 7), as our project promotes racial equity and removal of barriers to access and opportunity for historically underserved communities and section 2 (Program Narrative page # 7) for ensuring program participants are provided with continuity of care in a Community Care Provider Program.