Reentry Team Meetings
We want to create a partnership with you to support your child’s rehabilitation and reentry into the community. We believe you are the expert on your family and in the best position to help us create treatment and transition plans with your child.
You and your child will be critical members of a Reentry Team that will meet to discuss your child’s treatment and transition through JR and preparation for coming home. Hearing about your concerns, hopes, thoughts, and ideas about what’s best for your child and your family is important during this Reentry Team Meeting (RTM).
The RTM will include you, your child, and other family members that are important to you. You are welcome to include other people from the community you think may be helpful.
Your child’s residential counselor will work with the RTM facilitator to schedule a meeting that you can attend, either in person or on the phone. We will help you get to a phone or to a local parole office or extension office if you are unable to attend the meeting in person.
We plan to have an Initial RTM within the first 30 days of your child’s stay at the JR facility. This initial meeting will focus on creating a treatment and reentry plan that includes goals identified by you, your child and other members of the team.
We will have another meeting a couple of months before your child prepares to return home. During this meeting we will review your child’s treatment progress and finalize next steps in their reentry plan. This may include where they will go to school or look for work, and continue with treatment, if necessary, etc. If they are eligible for parole, the community counselor will join the meeting to share information about what supervision looks like.
Please let us know what we can do to support you while your child is with us. We want to assist you in maintaining contact with your child and discuss how we accomplish the best outcomes for everyone involved.
Seven Elements of Successful Reentry
Research has found the following seven elements are critical for successful youth reentry:
Community Based Connections
Juvenile Rehabilitation (JR) is dedicated to the successful community reentry of youth residing in our care. Our goal for all youth is to leave our care with a Reentry Plan in hand that is comprehensive, achievable, and supported by everyone involved. All parts and sectors of the community can be involved in helping youth transition back into the community; with a goal of all youth enrolled with appropriate community-based agencies as part of the reentry planning process. The reentry process requires engagement across the entire community that can emphasize education, employment, treatment, legal rights and recreation. To achieve successful reentry, the process must include a strong continuity of care, effective treatment services, efficient case management practices, comprehensive education, vocation and employment programs, active involvement by family and natural supports, community-based connections and a youth voice.
Effective Treatment Services
We provide various treatment services for youth during their stay. From the moment youth enter our care, and with the assistance of community-based services, we can further assist youth in addressing their long-term needs. Successful Youth Reentry Plans are grounded in nationally recognized reentry principles which include Evidence and Research Based treatments, Mental Health treatments, Alcohol-Substance Abuse treatments, and Sexual Offense treatments.
Efficient Case Management Practices
Recognizing that youth present with multiple needs, Juvenile Rehabilitation has developed programs that take a comprehensive approach to reentry and offer or connect youth to a wide range of treatment and services both in our care and in the community post-release. Each of the programs provided offers an overview and examination of key evaluative research of comprehensive and case management programs, and takes a comprehensive approach to improving outcomes for youth returning home to their community. These programs provide or link youth to a broad array of services including educational development, employment preparation and skills, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and housing assistance. Many of these programs involve coordination across multiple agencies to ensure a smooth transition from correctional settings back to the community and are centered on a case management model in which case managers are tasked with developing reentry plans and coordinating treatment both within the facility and in the community post-release.
Vocational Training and Employment opportunities are vital to a youth’s progress towards independence. Obtaining vocational skills and a sustainable living wage not only promote independence but also provide protective factors that decrease the likelihood of recidivism. To increase vocational and employment opportunities among incarcerated youth in preparation for reentry, JR is currently working in partnership with local Workforce Development Councils responsible for providing services to disadvantaged young people. Additionally we are looking to build future relationships with community-based organizations specializing in job training, apprenticeships, job readiness, career development and employment opportunities to address employment in a struggling job market for the young, disadvantaged and unemployed.
In partnership with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and Institutional Education this program provides youth with the opportunity to meet the standards of the state academic content and achievement that all children are expected to meet. In addition, they provide services for youth to make a successful transition from incarceration to community educational programs. These services, overseen by OSPI, are collaboratively delivered by over 35 school districts and four Education Service Districts. Because of this collaboration, we have the ability to provide educational opportunities for all youth incarcerated in our institutions and community facilities onsite. Through this partnership youth in our custody are able to achieve academic success, retrieve school credit, earn high school diplomas, and obtain GEDs. For some youth, this is the first time they have ever experienced academic success.
Life skills are essential to prepare youth to lead fulfilling, productive, and prosperous adult lives. Youth transition to adulthood requires proper planning for future needs. Thus, in addition to the reentry domains, it is important to infuse life skills into the reentry service menu to prepare youth for long term success. Life skills subjects include: Career Planning, Academics, Daily Living, Home Life, Money Management, Self-Care, Identity, Transportation, and Work Life. Considerations should be given to a young person’s consider gender, age, race, ethnicity, faith, and community and presenting needs when prioritizing and addressing these life skills.
Active Youth and Family Involvement
Family members play a vital role in the reentry process. Family-based reentry programs can take many forms, encompassing a variety of interventions aimed at strengthening relationships, reducing family conflict, and fostering connections both during and after adjudication. In JR, we have developed a process where each youth and their identified parent/guardian will have the opportunity to participate in a reentry planning process, called a Reentry Team Meeting (RTM). RTM’s guide youth, families, and service providers through a facilitated process to better prepare and support a youth’s reentry back into the community. The following are core principles of RTM’s: youth, family, and community focused, strength-based with an emphasis on natural supports, non-judgmental and non-blaming, respect for individual differences, alliance focused, and solution focused.