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Embrace • Empower • Engage. MISSION STATEMENT. Maximizing partnerships and resources to embrace, empower and engage re-entry individuals to reduce recidivism. Vision. E mbrace • E mpower • E ngage. Introduction. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


C.R.E.W. Community Re-entry Work Program

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Maximizing partnerships and resources to embrace, empower and engage re-entry individuals to reduce recidivism. MISSION STATEMENT Vision

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3Glenn County Health and Human Service Agency asked three simple questions:Who is the population with a need?What do we want to achieve?How do we make it happen?.From there..We came up with C.R.E.W. Community Re-Entry Work ProgramIntroduction4Californias rate of recidivism is 65% (highest in the US)October 1st , 2011. AB 109 mandated a shift of responsibility for non-violent, non-sexual, and non-serious offenders from the state to county probation departments.Persons released from prisons, local jails or institutions have little or no means of becoming self-sufficient or a support system for medical or behavioral health issues. Challenge5Target populations, individuals released from the following institutions: Jail/prison HospitalsShelter or a Foster Care Facility.

The program gave individuals the choice between:Receiving General Assistance for 3 months which is a loan Or enroll in the C.R.E.W. Program. C.R.E.W. Embrace Empower Engage6Realignment of low level offenders from the state to the counties.Two populations realigned: Mandatory SupervisionPost Release Community SupervisionCommunity Corrections PartnershipReduction of recidivism and alternatives to incarceration CCP Plan and Annual BudgetEstablished a case plan as a priority (AB-109 Task Group)Use program limitations to drive innovationAB 109: Criminal Justice Realignment7Maximizing Partnerships and Resources C.R.E.W. - AB-109 Work Force Group Probation Glenn County Sheriff Department/ Jail Court System District Attorney Social Services Glenn County office of Education Department Child Support Services Mental Health/Drug and Alcohol Community based partners Employment/Business Services Community Action Partnership (Meet bi-weekly) Staff cases; discuss the re-entry plans assigned for each individual.

Individual Development Plan Needs Assessment 90 Day Re-Entry Plan Identify Barriers Set up Priorities and Establish goals and Action Plan

Low Risk Individual

High Risk

Moderate Risk Probation Discuss Mandated Services and Individual Development Plan. Probation Information about Resources

ProbationDiscuss Individual Development Plan

Eligibility Screening Information About Resources Supervision Only

Eligibility Screening Enroll in C.R.E.W program Option To Enroll In C.R.E.W ProgramHousing & Community Services Intake and Identify individuals needs (Establish Goals & Outcomes) S.T.E.P Two Week Class Services Toward Empowering People Individual Development Plan Re-assessments Probation, Mental Health, GCOE Employment Services (Work Project / CREW Leaders)Embrace Empower Engage10With CREWWithout CREWLower rates of recidivismNo change (or increase) in recidivism rates (highest in nation)Lower utilization of county $$$ and servicesIncreased county jail populationIncreased employability = more $$$ in the local economyIncreased crime & substance abuseJob and life skills coachingNo community support on re-entryProactive approach to a situation affecting all countiesCrossing fingers and hoping for the bestIdentifying partners and stakeholders in the communitySomeone elses problemThe Cost of Doing NothingCounty FunctionEstimated CostsJudge Annual Salary$120,000 @ 60.00/hr X 10 = $600DA Annual Salary$90,000 @ 45.00/hr X 10 = $450Law Enforcement$50,000 @ 25.00/hr X 10 = $250Court Clerk Annual Salary$40,000 @ 20/hr X 10 = $200Total Cost of General Funded positions$ 1,500 in salaries at minimumER Visit (single visit) Medical need$1,500 X 10 = $15,000Savings On Impacted County Services(Small rural county estimation)[average for rural counties; large counties will have much higher rates]12Budget (10 participants)FESG: $12,500Case Management: $9,500Community-based Partner: $1,000Costs of returning to courtEstimated costs of one hour in court and one ER visit (all 10 participants): ~$16,500Estimated costs of re-incarceration (all 10 participants): ~$328,500Emergency Shelter Costs: $50/person /night ($1,500/month each)Savings General Assistance savings so far: $7,722Potential savings created by CREW: $396,222 (Of general funds based off 10 individuals)

CREW Budget/Cost/Savings 2011-12

BUDGET/COST/SAVINGS: The CREW budget was $12,500 for one year from FESG, $9,500 for case management, and $1,000 for a community based partner, to serve 10 participants. Compared to the cost of persons returning to court, from reoffending vs. the cost of each participant, the potential amount saved is staggering. For example, one hour in Court and medical costs for the 10 participants would be approximately $16,500 and re-incarceration in the local jail could cost nearly $328,500 for the 10 participants. Additional savings to the County include the cost of emergency shelter at $50 per night, which equals $1,500 per person per month, as well as the $7,722 saved so far by diverting participants from General Assistance. Potential savings created by CREW is $ 396,222.13ResultsPilot 2011-12Eight of ten participants completed program in first yearFive are employed; two of those five are starting or running their own businessesOnly one re-offenderOnly one participant received cash aid2012-13 (first qtr.)12 active cases; 22 more in pre-release phase Five have completed STEP class (two in the process (58.3%)Two have obtained full-time employment (16.6%)Four have obtained part-time employment (33.3%)All twelve have housing and food access (100%)Nine have achieved family reunification/support (75%)C.R.E.W OutcomesImproving on state recidivism rateAchieving gainful employmentSaving county money by not having to utilize cash aidDifferences between indigent health and Medi-CalCMSP and Path2Health have stricter eligibilityHouse arrest/alternative incarceration ineligible for indigent careDrug Medi-Cal Reform (DMC)Potential resource for AB109 needs and preventive servicesRealigned to countiesMay affect revenue meant for other realigned programs. Major reforms needed in order to achieve local usefulness of DMC and to realize the potential for new revenue from DMC.Some Final Thoughts[Description from Scott on salient points in this slide, more details for each point presented]Differences between indigent health and M/C: CMSP and Path2Health have stricter eligibility than M/C, the biggest issue for this population being house arrest/alternative incarceration in which the subject wears an ankle monitor this makes folks ineligible for indigent care, which they are more likely to qualify for rather than M/C. This then limits access to mental health and drug/alcohol services for this population or having to charge these services 100% to AB109 when there is not enough funding. These services are critical to success.Drug MediCal (DMC) Reform: DMC was realigned to counties, but the state maintains control over parts of the program, so it really isnt realigned, but counties get 100% of the risk. If counties cannot manage this entitlement well, it could eat into revenue meant for other realigned programs. DMC can be a tremendous resource for addressing AB109 population needs and can help prevent folks from entering incarceration to begin with. However, major reforms need to be implemented quickly in order to achieve local usefulness of DMC and to realize the potential for new revenue from DMC.Health Care Reform: Medicaid expansion provides an opportunity for new revenue to meet the needs of the community since it will result in 100% federal reimbursement and will only go down to 90% which is nearly double what the county gets now. The key is that California respect parity laws (that mental health and AOD services are seen equal to physical health since right now these two programs are reimbursed at much lower rates than physical health, but all are important to truly help folks). So health care reform presents an opportunity to improve services that will benefit the public tremendously, the AB109 population, and to help folks avoid incarceration altogether.Social Service and Behavioral Health as an alternative to incarceration: CREW helps us to see that wrapping folks in services is an effective approach to reducing incarceration, which is more costly and delays successful integration of the AB109 population back into the community since these folks come from our community they are our relatives, neighbors and from our communities and we are in the best position to be successful in addressing this major social issue. CREW has been so successful that it is a viable alternative to the costly approach of incarceration and demonstrates that coordination of services can help local communities address the issue of re-entering parolees and help avoid incarceration altogether.15Health Care ReformMedicaid expansion: 100% federal reimbursement, down to 90% (nearly double current rate)Greater reimbursement rates for mental health/substance abuse treatmentOpportunity to improve services for public and AB109 populationSocial Services and Behavioral Health as an alternative to incarceration:Wraparound alternative an effective approachNew ways of doing business help communities and partners address re-entry issues and engage in preventive servicesSome Final Thoughts (cont.)Reduce RecidivismC.R.E.WFamiliesCommunityAgencyMaximizing partnerships and resources to embrace, empower, and engage re-entry individuals to reduce recidivism.

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