Reentry Enhancement Coordination


The Reentry Enhancement Coordination (REC) program has been a core part of reentry programming in Multnomah County since 2010. REC was designed to close gaps by surrounding men and women transitioning from prison with supportive services in the community. The REC team is a partnership between VOA Oregon and the Department of Corrections, the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, SE Works and Bridges to Change

REC serves men and women who have severe addictions and have completed drug and alcohol treatment during their incarceration. To protect that investment, the individuals are linked to comprehensive assistance in securing housing, treatment, and employment when they return to the community.

REC provides 90 days of intensive supervision, outpatient treatment, supportive housing and support finding employment. Counselors, mentors and employment specialists work with parole officers to help individuals transition back to the community successfully.


Drug and Alcohol Treatment:

VOA Oregon provides individualized substance abuse and mental health outpatient and residential treatment services to MCJRP participants, as well as pre-releases Treatment Readiness at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail. VOA Oregon treatment services aim to provide culturally-responsive, trauma-informed, and evidence-based services to high-risk and high-need community members, depending on their criminal risk and level of care needs. VOA Oregon outpatient services are provided in conjunction with physical health providers, mental health providers, peer support specialists, SUD counselors, case managers, and intake specialists. Outpatient and residential services utilize a client centered approach to not only assess ongoing support needs, but also utilize advanced curricula to specifically target ongoing risk/need factors that contribute to substance use, mental health needs, and criminogenic risks.

We offer curriculums that address the need areas of our high-risk and diverse community members by carefully selecting the highest quality service products for community-based, justice-involved and/or mandated clients. These include Thinking for a Change, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety and Motivational Enhancement Therapy Counterpoint, HEAT, Beyond Trauma, Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention, Smoking Cessation, and SAMSHA’s Stages of Change.

Moving Forward counselors and mentors provide support to individuals as they work toward their treatment goals. Mentors organize clean and sober events, provide recovery support, attend 12 step meetings with participants and provide crisis management.

HOUSING AND MENTORS:


Participants benefit from the support of Recovery Mentors and clean, sober housing at Bridges to Change.

Participants benefit from the support of Recovery Mentors and clean, sober housing at Bridges to Change.

EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT:

At the SE Works New Start Reentry Resource Center, Reentry Enhancement Coordination (REC) participants can access case management, resume development, master application assistance, subsidized on the job training, work related training certifications and transitional and career track placement services.

       Learn more, visit SE Works.

PROGRAM GOALS:

  • Reduce recidivism, relapse and use of addictive substances
  • Increasing treatment engagement
  • Increasing participant ability to attain and maintain secure housing, and employment retention

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • Institutional reach-in (establishing relationships with clients prior to their release from prison to help facilitate their transition to life and programs on the outside)
  • Coordination and oversight of services
  • Collaborative case management and supervision

SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Evidence-based outpatient substance abuse and co-occurring mental health treatment
  • Alcohol and drug free transitional housing
  • Recovery peer mentors
  • Employment and job development support



Outcomes:

REC was highlighted at the Innovations in Criminal Justice Summit, held by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Association (BJA) and Center for Court Innovation (CCI) in Miami, February, 2013.

"Programs were selected based on the clarity of the problem addressed and program design, level of support received by the program, evaluation results, and opportunities for replication."

In 201, 79% successful completion, 88% drug and alcohol free, and 84% attained employment

Contact Outpatient Services:

Val Griggs at vgriggs@voaor.org