Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $750,000)
The Fathers & Families Support Center (FFSC) is a community-based organization in St. Louis, MO. FFSC has 26 years of experience helping incarcerated individuals rehabilitate, return home - to the St. Louis region - and become contributing members of their families and society. FFSC has previously received DOJ and DOL Second Chance Act funding and is experienced in meeting and exceeding funder expectations. For this project, FFSC will provide a comprehensive response to assist in the transition individuals make from the Missouri Department of Corrections (MODOC) Transition Center of St. Louis (TCSTL) - a state correctional facility - to the project's target community. FFSC has partnered with TCSTL for more than 20 years, becoming the preferred service provider in the St. Louis area and the sole provider with permanent staff offices and classrooms at the TCSTL. FFSC has included a Memorandum of Agreement from the MO DOC detailing the partnership. FFSC will enroll 125 medium to high-risk offenders (M/HROs) aged 18 and older, confined in the TCSTL and within 180 days of release. With the guidance and assistance of project case managers, each participant will develop a comprehensive case management plan that directly addresses criminogenic risk and needs, as determined by the Level of Service Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI), a validated criminogenic risk assessment. All participants will complete the six-week cognitive-based family, relationship, life skills, and employment readiness program. Additional services will be based upon individual risk and needs, and delivery of services will depend upon participants' learning styles.
Primary outcomes include enrolling 125 M/HROs into the program and developing case plans; 100% will develop case plans that include services to address the top 2-3. Deliver education and job training programs and supportive services to 125 H/MROs; 80% will complete all program services, including FFP. 70% will complete Employment Retention Training and services, and 50% will secure employment post-release. Administer the LS/CMI for 3-6 months and 9-12 months post-release. 70% of participants will complete the 2nd LS/CMI, 50% will complete the 3rd, and those completing this final LS/CMI will have an average reduction in risk score of 2 points. Attain a 12-month post-release follow-up recidivism rate of =<7%.