Western Washington Regional Reentry Gathering South Seattle Community College New Holly Learning Center Second floor RM 208 7058 32nd Ave South Seattle, WA 98118 Check-in Opening Introductions Opening Remarks Current Best Practices Break Groups Activity Lunch Groups Wrap-Up Groups Report Out Break Next Steps Closing Unless you are Mr. Garcia. Just kidding. Back to the program . Offender Education FAST FACTS: Amount of SBCTC Contract for FY2012 – $15,430,969 November 2, 2011 Number of GEDS awarded in FY2011 – 1,395 Number of Vocational Program Certificates awarded in FY2011 – 2,344 Number of Associate Degrees Awarded in FY2011 - 36 Percent of FTEs Produced in FY2011 – 112% Percentage of Classroom Hours used – 96% Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery Offender Reentry Community Services Program (ORCSP) The ORCSP is a collaborative effort between The Department of Social and Health Services- Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) and the Department of Corrections (DOC), and is intended to help provide improved public safety, and mental health and chemical dependency treatment for designees. Expedited Medical Determinations for Adults and Youth In January 2006, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) implemented expedited for persons who have mental health issues, as they transition from jails, prisons, and psychiatric hospitals. The goal is to expedite access to Medicaid and other public assistance for people in confinement who: • Have a mental disorder • Received Medicaid, federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits, or Medical Care Services (MCS) immediately before being confined, or • Received these benefits at any time during the five years before being confined, and is expected to be disabled for at least 12 months after release. Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Severe Mental Illness The IPS approach changes the way mental health services are delivered It is an evidence-based practice IPS supported employment practitioners focus on client strengths Work can promote recovery and wellness Services are individualized and longlasting It uses a multidisciplinar y team approach Practitioners work in collaboration with state vocational rehabilitation Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Practice Principles of IPS Supported Employment 1. Focus on Competitive Employment: Agencies providing IPS services are committed to competitive employment as an attainable goal for clients with serious mental illness seeking employment. 2. Eligibility Based on Client Choice: Clients are not excluded on the basis of readiness, diagnoses, symptoms, substance use history, psychiatric hospitalizations, level of disability, or legal system involvement. 3. Integration of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Services: IPS programs are closely integrated with mental health treatment teams. 4. Attention to Client Preferences: Services are based on clients’ preferences and choices, rather than providers’ judgments. 5. Personalized Benefits Counseling: Employment specialists help clients obtain personalized, understandable, and accurate information about their Social Security, Medicaid, and other government entitlements. 6. Rapid Job Search: IPS programs use a rapid job search approach to help clients obtain jobs directly, rather than providing lengthy pre-employment assessment, training, and counseling. 7. Systematic Job Development: Employment specialists build an employer network based on clients’ interests, developing relationships with local employers by making systematic contacts. 8. Time-Unlimited and Individualized Support: Follow-along supports are individualized and continued for as long as the client wants and needs the support. http://homeless.samhsa.gov Vision: We are guided by the knowledge that justice is not found in a building or a gavel, but in the hearts of the People, and the memories of our elders. Warrior Down Project This project began in November 2011 as a means to assist and reach out to our tribal members who are currently in holding facilities, jail or prison, in order to offer a ‘hand up’ to our people in the form of a care package. Xwle’lemes Department understands that Reentry begins well before our tribal members are released from jail or prison. With that in mind, it is the hope that the offering would serve to remind our tribal members that their children, relatives, friends and tribal community have not forgotten about them and will be here upon their return. In total Xwle’lemes sent approximately 90 Warrior Down Care Packages in 2011 • Whatcom County Jail: 64 tribal members • Department of Corrections – Washington State: 9 tribal members • Federal Bureau of Prisons: 3 tribal members • Chehalis Tribal Jail: 5 tribal members • CASPER Re-Entry Center: 7 tribal members We are planning to send Holiday Care Packages again this 2012 year and also adding Family Visitation Assistance to help share the cost of getting to and from a visitation for children of incarcerated parents. YWCA’s Ex-Offender Re-entry Program Mike Schwartz • Helping recently released offenders move from an “offender identity” to a “work identity” through strength-based, person-centered career counseling. • Discussing how to disclose background at interviews and “explain the past” and how to structure resumes and cover letters to enhance strengths, reduce risks, and mask employment gaps and period of incarceration. • Intensive one-week job readiness training covering self-assessment and strength identification, effective job search strategies, networking and interview skills, identifying the skills that employers are looking for, getting in “work” shape (emotionally, physically, and financially), goal-setting and time-management, and “playing by the rules” including effective communication skills and dealing with difficult people. • Close partnerships with Work Release programs to make sure participants are able to satisfy their early release requirements and get the training they need to become employed. • Close partnerships with training providers including RGA Environmental, Farestart and South Seattle Community College, so recently released offenders can get the vocational training they need in a variety of sectors. • Close partnerships with unions and employers • Helping offenders develop positive self-perceptions and health habits while in job search and good self-care strategies for while job searching and after they stat their new jobs. The Center for Learning Connections (CLC) designs training and manages projects to help individuals and organizations respond to change and improve quality. We are especially effective in working with educators (at all levels and locations), welfare and workforce development professionals, and community based organizations. CLC is located at Edmonds Community College. Project Coordination and Grant Management Training and Professional Development Event and Workshop Planning Evaluation and Survey Services learningconnections.org Fresh Start Consulting provides services to assist organizational or individual needs for those impacted by background issues and other special populations. Our organization provides the following services: For Organizations Conduct initial consultation to determine next steps and services to assist Assist with developing a strategy to meet objectives and achieve outcomes Provide staff with the tools to better assist your customers Develop a program to provide customers with the tools they need to be successful Facilitate customer workshops to become job search ready, become competitive in the job market, gain soft skills and work ethics and address thinking errors Install a proven cognitive skill building curriculum and train staff to facilitate the product Implement employer and community education and outreach strategies Assist your organizational efforts to obtain funding to support your program and Meet with your team on a regular basis for quality assurance and product(s) updates as needed. Provide staff, partner and organization trainings and Provide your organization with webinar/teleconference trainings on the following topics: • Effective Interventions and the Return on Investment • Reentry/Transition • Barrier Removal and Available Resources • Successful Offender Strategies/Reducing Recidivism • Employer and Community Resource Building • Effective Correctional Programming • Job Search Readiness • Soft Skills and Work Ethics • Employment and Training and • Career Development Helping Organizations and People Find Hope http://www.freshstartconsulting.vpweb.com [email protected] 11807 Ambaum Blvd SW #4; Burien, WA 98146-4611 206-588-1376 office 253-921-2636 cell Abstract 2: Leading From the Front – A Community Formation Model Agents of Change CPTS OWD Summer Institute hosted at Edmonds Community College on July 19, 2012 Ms. Simmy Virk, B.A., Executive Intern SSCC Mr. Jeffery S. Robson, Probation Officer, U.S District Court Western Washington District Mr. Joseph Garcia, M.A., Re-entry Ministry Archidiocese of Seattle Summary Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs Justice Involved Veteran Programs and Partnerships September 2012 Justice Involved Veterans Programs and Partnerships The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs has taken a proactive approach to serving justice involved Veterans by developing and implementing service collaborations with county corrections and state prison systems as well as their local community partners. These partnerships promote sound fiscal and public policy by maximizing benefits and resources uniquely available to Veterans while reducing local recidivism and corrections costs.