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Title: Missouri Reentry


1
Missouri Reentry Its a Process!
George A. Lombardi, Director Missouri
Department of Corrections
2
Missouris Early Challenges
  • Prison population growth was exceeding resources
    available.
  • Growth of prison population at 3 1/3 offenders
    per day
  • Duplication of effort by state agencies
  • Assessment tools
  • Treatment
  • Services
  • Severe budget shortfalls
  • No additional prison construction planned
  • Little coordination as offenders pass through the
    system.

3
The Opportunity...
  • In 2002, Missouri was one of the first two states
    chosen by NIC as a demonstration for the
    Transition from Prison to Community (TPC) model.
  • TPC model provided the framework for the
    Missouri Reentry Process.
  • Focus on working with stakeholder agencies to
    promote
  • Common interests
  • Integrate policies services
  • Improve the overall transition process

4
The Missouri Reentry Process
  • We did not develop a new program we changed
    Departmental Philosophy...
  • Prioritizes collaborative relationships with
    stakeholder agencies.
  • Prioritizes providing staff needed tools and
    training.
  • Includes all activities and programming conducted
    to prepare offenders for community success.
  • Focuses not only on structure but on offender
    accountability for progress and actions.
  • Focuses on release preparation and continuity of
    care into the community.

5
Leadership from the Top
  • Commitment from the Governor Executive Order
  • Commitment from the Department of Corrections
  • Commitment from key Cabinet members
  • Active participation
  • Sharing of information
  • Willingness to truly collaborate
  • Commitment from staff in all departments involved
    in the initiative
  • Commitment from National Institute of Corrections
  • Advice and technical assistance

6
Missouri Reentry Process State Steering Team
  • Convened by Executive Order of the Governor and
    formally chartered.
  • Representatives include 10 State Agencies,
    community organizations representing crime
    victims, law enforcement, treatment providers,
    the faith based community, etc.
  • Focus on identifying
  • Strengths and Gaps in reentry services at the
    state level
  • Strategies to improve reentry

7
MRP State Steering Team
  • The first major task of this team was to analyze
    baseline data to identify what correlated to a
    successful transition to guide state and local
    efforts
  • - Education - Employment
  • - Family / Social - Information Sharing
  • - Substance Abuse - Mental Health
  • - Housing - Transportation

8
Missouri Reentry Process Local Steering Teams
  • Representatives from state and local government
    agencies, community organizations representing
    crime victims, law enforcement, treatment
    providers, the faith based community, etc.
  • Formally Chartered
  • Focus on identifying
  • Strengths and Gaps in reentry services at the
    state level
  • Strategies to improve reentry

9
How MRP Works
  • Start planning for release the first day of
    incarceration.
  • Identify assets and liabilities, utilize
    assessment tools and design a plan of programming
    during the offenders incarceration.
    (Institutional Phase)
  • Approximately 6 months short of the established
    release date the offender will move into a
    Transition Housing Unit where intense pre-release
    planning will begin. (Transition Phase)
  • The goal is to have services and community
    involvement established prior to release.

10
How MRP Works
  • The offender is released into the community for
    continued supervision and support by Probation
    and Parole and the community.
  • The goal is to have services and community
    involvement established prior to release.
  • The offender is released into the community for
    continued supervision and support. (Community
    Phase)
  • Aftercare connections into the community
    pro-social support, strong family ties,
    therapeutic community

11
What Has Changed?
  • Selected Highlights

12
Changes in Approach at DOC
  • MRP Leadership Team
  • Formally chartered.
  • Focus on facilitating the incorporation of
    reentry principles department-wide in DOC.
  • Sponsored by the Deputy Department Director
    chaired by the Reentry Manager who is a part of
    the Office of the Director
  • Upper-level executive or administrative staff
    from each division.

13
Integrated Case Management
  • Development of Integrated Case Management
    Approach
  • Training for Staff
  • Evidence Based Practices
  • Case Management
  • Cognitive Skills / Pathway to Change
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Transitional Accountability Planning

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Changes in Approach at DOC
  • Transitional Housing Units
  • Focus on Intensive Pre-Release Services
  • Offenders moved to THUs approximately 6 months
    pre-release
  • Minimum and Medium Institutions
  • Reentry Services also occur in higher security
    level institutions the smaller number of
    releases having a dedicated unit is impractical.

16
Key Partnership Efforts
  • Pre-Release State Identification Cards
  • Pre-Release Birth Certificates
  • (In State and Out of State)
  • Pre-Release Social Security Cards
  • Pre-Release Medicaid Application
  • In-Reach from Veterans Administration and
    Veterans Commission
  • In-Reach from Division of Workforce Development
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi Program

17
Changes in Approach at DOC
  • E-Driven Supervision
  • It is Evaluation towards Excellence and
    Effectiveness through the application of
    Evidence-based practices. The model is Extant,
    yet Evolving.
  • Strengthened approach to field supervision that
  • Promotes Accountability while changing how
    officers assess and address risk/need.
  • Better guidance and more flexibility in caseload
    management.

18
Changes in Approach at DOC
  • Development of Transitional Accountability Plan
  • Implementation of Pathway to Change System-Wide
  • Award Community Reentry Contracts to support
    reentry efforts at the local level.

19
The Missouri Reentry Process is still a Change
in Process
  • Organizational priorities
  • Organizational practices
  • Organizational culture
  • Change in the lives of offenders, their families
    and communities.

20
Selected Next Steps
  • MRP Steering Team
  • Re-analyzing data and refining collaborative
    evaluation process.
  • Further identifying barriers to reentry and
    recommend system, policy and practice reforms.
  • MRP Leadership Team
  • Promotion of quality assurance efforts department
    wide.
  • Supporting continued expansion of reentry
    services in high security institutions.
  • Expanding the philosophy of THUs throughout
    medium and minimum institutions.

21
Selected Next Steps
  • MRP Planning Team
  • Submitted recommendations to further enhance
    employment services.
  • Planning for implementation of the Womens Risk
    Need Assessment
  • Continued expansion of Local MRP Teams throughout
    Missouri.

22
Impact of MRP on Communities
  • Across the past 5 years, of offenders released
    after spending 5 months or more in a THU
  • 8 to 10 decrease in recidivism rate.
  • Offenders receiving transitional services are not
    committing new crimes or violations at the rate
    of those not receiving services.
  • Increased Public Safety
  • Reduction of victimization
  • Productive, tax-paying citizens
  • Healthy, functional families
  • Safer children
  • Civic participation
  • Quality of life

23
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