Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,500,000)
The FY 2020 Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative: Outcomes-based Contracting To Lower Recidivism and Address Substance Use Disorders Through Reentry and Housing Services Program (Pay for Success Program) is outcomes-based programming that ties payment for services to reaching agreed upon goals. Under the Pay for Success Program, services that may be purchased include permanent supportive and recovery housing, as well as other types of reentry services which are tailored to individuals leaving incarceration, particularly those with substance use disorders.
The overall goal of this opportunity is to enhance public safety, lower recidivism, and improve the lives of those coming out of the criminal justice system.
The objectives of this program are as follows: 1) enhance already established outcomes-based contracts to provide individualized reentry services or permanent supportive housing (PSH) for people leaving incarceration who are identified through a validated risk tool as being at moderate to high risk to reoffend in the community; 2) manage the outcomes-based reentry service or PSH contract, including data and report collection, regular performance and outcome reviews between the governments and service provider, on and off-site monitoring, outcomes validation, and incentive payment approvals; and 3) ensure government staff and service providers have adequate training on SCA outcomes-based contracting (OBC) procurement, reentry services, PSH, data collection, and outcomes validation.
Beaver County will use award funds to implement a program that expands and improves outcomes-based contracts for reentry services. The objectives are to reduce violent recidivism among 200 high-risk offenders by improving treatment results, and increasing employment and related outcomes. The reentry initiative activities will include: developing of an outcomes-based contract best suited to Beaver County reentry services; finalizing the evaluation/data collection plan; implementing the enhanced contracting process; continuing ongoing review of performance, redesigning as needed; and reducing recidivism.