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Re-Entry

 

The mission of the Lycoming County Re-entry Coalition is to facilitate and support the successful return of incarcerated individuals to the community. In partnership with government entities, faith and community-based organizations, and other stakeholders, the Reentry Coalition will utilize a holistic approach that includes an emphasis on education, families, health services, treatment, employment, mentorship and housing.  In pursuing this mission, we shall improve lives, reduce recidivism, and enhance public safety. 


UPDATES

Lycoming County Reentry Coalition is having the first re-start meeting virtually on Friday, March 26th, from 12:00PM to 1:30PM.

Anyone interested in attending the meeting can reach out to Mike Boughton by phone, 570-323-1274 or email, mboughton@geogroup.com in order to receive a link/call in number for the meeting.


2021 Re-Entry Coalition Goals

Lycoming County is working to reestablish the Re-Entry Coalition during the first quarter of 2021.  Lycoming County hired The GEO Group, Inc. as the Re-Entry Coordinator for the county.  If you would like more information on our plan, or would like to be involved, please contact...

Mike Boughton, Re-Entry Program Manager

Lycoming County Re-entry Coalition Five Year Strategic Plan through 2021

 

Please continue to check this website for updated information on the Re-Entry Coalition's progress as we move forward into 2021. 


Resources

Lycoming and Clinton County Resource Guide

Prepared by Lycoming-Clinton Joinder Board Health Choices Program and Community Care Behavioral Health Organization.  Restructured by the Reentry Coalition.  This guide offers resources and contact information for participants interested in or involved in the Re-Entry program.

U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Corrections Re-Entry

Federal Bonding Program Website

Federal Bonding Program for Employers PDF

Federal Bonding Program for Employees PDF


Subcommittees of the Lycoming County Re-Entry Coalition

 

EDUCATION


Goal: To establish relationships with post-secondary schools so that they can recruit qualified and interested candidates to post – secondary schools while individuals are incarcerated in the Lycoming County Prison. Qualified inmates must not only show interest in attending the postsecondary school but have the necessary aptitudes for successfully completion of training opportunities.

Objective: To show inmates the possible opportunities that can be gained by pursuing a post-secondary education and how it can help them in their re-entry process.

Education PDF


EMPLOYMENT

Goal:

a. Develop a comprehensive assessment process to identify those inmates most likely to retain employment gained through work release

Objectives:

a. Develop soft skills training to be offered at PRC

b. Identify and implement a suitability/soft skills assessment

c. Develop internal process to identify those inmates most likely to succeed on work release

Goal:

a. Increase number of inmates leaving with jobs or employed within 60 days.

Objectives:

a. Identify employer partners

b. Offer employer seminars to educate employers on re-entry including employer testimonials

c. Engage organizations such as; SHRM & Chamber

Goal:

a. Increase employer awareness/education on risk/reward of hiring ex-offenders to increase job placement rates.

Objectives:

a. Develop additional job readiness and soft skills training to be offered at PRC b. Give inmates an appointment for the Careerlink that is within 48 hours of release c. develop internal procedures to ensure all PRC inmates have a resume template prior to release


Employment PDF


FAMILY / PEER SUPPORT & PERSONAL NEEDS

Goals:

1. Identify potential family or peer support system

2. Identify issues that caused breakdown

3. Build trust

4. Identify and obtain basic needs or agency names, address and phone numbers for contact once inmate is released

5. Insure inmates have necessary documents upon release

Family/Peer Support & Personal Needs PDF
 


HEALTH CARE

Goal:

a. Enlist/Invite area health care/related agency representatives to participate in the Healthcare Re-Entry coalition

Objective:

a. Educate/Inform all healthcare personnel from health systems and allied health offices in Re-Entry Coalition priorities and build health care coalition

Goal:

a. Establish formal referral protocol with LCP/APO/Courts and River Valley Health and Dental clinic to screen all reentry clients

Objective:

a. Collaborate with medical benefits providers on training/orientation of criminal justice personnel on appropriate referral procedures.

Goal:

a. Identify the healthcare needs of justice- involved veterans with local veterans groups with representation on health care subcommittee

Objective:

a. Identify a barrier-free process for health care referral/screening for veterans who are referred by Courts/APO/LCP


Health Care PDF


HOUSING

Goals:

a. To provide transitional housing for males and females at county level

b. Increase access to transitional leading to permanent housing

Objectives:

a. Secure funding for housing/transitional housing and casework

b. Transitional housing provides training that would lead to permanent housing

c. Provide some degree of assurance to landlords through required transitional housing training

d. Provide casework during and following transitional housing

e. Reach out to agencies to secure mentorship programs (churches, groups, agencies) upon release from prison


Housing PDF


MENTAL HEALTH

Goals:

a. Identify high risk / high need offenders with significant Mental Health needs

i. Once identified increase access to MH treatment and follow up for those interested or court ordered to treatment

b. Provide opportunities prior to release to engage in MH Treatment and establish community connections for reentry

Objectives:

a. Increase use of all tools to quickly identify this targeted population

b. Increase Mental Health First Aid(MHFA) training for prison staff, volunteers and MH Forensic Peer Support Specialist

c. Increase access to MH insurance coverage

d. Coordinate referrals for MH treatment and medications

e. Increase community MH resources coming into the prison

f. Increase community MH resource connections outside the prison

Mental Health PDF


SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Goals:

a. Increase access of Vivitrol at LCP

b. Expansion of treatment services at LCP

c. Expand the Jail to Treatment Program

d. Improve Coordination of Services for those being released

e. Identify potential funding sources

f. Improve communication amongst state holders

g. Monitor outcomes

h. Work with Alkermes representative to obtain Vivitrol for LCP

i. Start Inmates on Vivitrol prior to release

j. Arrange for continuing care prior to release

k. Identify/Utilize a Mobile Case Manager (WBDAAC)

l. Develop curriculum for treatment services to be provided at LCP

Objectives:

Mobile Case Manager will attend PV hearings to identify appropriate individuals for programs and expedite assessments

i. Hold semi- annual meetings for stakeholders

ii. Track number of individuals placed into programming

Substance Abuse PDF









 

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