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Offender Reentry Program

Program Overview

Offender Reentry Program (ORP) is a voluntary program designed to assist male and female offenders with co-occurring substance use and/or mental disorders (COD) returning to NYC (five boroughs) from NYS Department of Correction and Community Supervision (DOCCS) prisons after serving a minimum sentence of 6 months for a felony. ORP targets a total of 55 unduplicated and additional individuals fitting this demographic per year for a total of 275 for the grant period. ORP Clinical Care Coordinators/Case Managers (CC/CM) engage returnees in a working relationship while incarcerated and continue the engagement through release to identify healthy/appropriate coping skills, problem-solving techniques, and to begin developing their Individual Service Plan (ISP), featuring person-centered goals that focus on individualized challenges related to the immediate reentry process. Upon release, returnees are met by their ORP CC/CM at their designated parole office to make their initial community report and later escorted to their assigned housing to ensure placement.

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Clients Served Last Year:

ORP enrolled a total of 37 clients in 2020 and successfully referred all to various agencies for mental health and substance abuse treatment, medical care, housing, vocational training, rehabilitation, or other services in the five NYC boroughs and Long Island.

Funding Generously Provided by:

ORP is funded by private donations & SAMHSA-CSAT.

Program Contact:

Gabrielle Herman, LMHC
Program Director

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Contact Information:

175 Remsen Street
5th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-975-0180 x340

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Program Description

Offender Reentry Program (ORP) is a voluntary program designed to assist male and female offenders with co-occurring substance use and/or mental disorders (COD) returning to NYC (five boroughs) from NYS Department of Correction and Community Supervision (DOCCS) prisons after serving a minimum sentence of 6 months for a felony. ORP targets a total of 55 unduplicated and additional individuals fitting this demographic per year for a total of 275 for the grant period. ORP Clinical Care Coordinators/Case Managers (CC/CM) engage returnees in a working relationship while incarcerated and continue the engagement through release to identify healthy/appropriate coping skills, problem-solving techniques, and to begin developing their Individual Service Plan (ISP), featuring person-centered goals that focus on individualized challenges related to the immediate reentry process. Upon release, returnees are met by their ORP CC/CM at their designated parole office to make their initial community report and later escorted to their assigned housing to ensure placement.

Outcomes:

ORP is a five-year award (January 15, 2020, to January 14, 2025) expected to serve 275 returnees. Statistics from Year 1 (2020) establish ORP achieved an intake rate of 61.7% in comparison to the average intake rate of 66.3% for all other SAMHSA Treatment Drug Court grantees. ORP followed-up with ten (10) clients achieving our target for a 100% six-month follow-up rate, in which the average 6-month follow-up rate of all other SAMHSA TDC grantees was only 74%. PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5) mean scores for our achieved target evidenced significant decrease in severity and/or intensity of traumatic symptoms, from 22.7 at baseline (initial self-report) to 14.3 at follow-up. Moreover, Colorado Symptom Index (CSI), measuring psychiatric level of symptomatology and intensity of symptoms, evidenced significant decrease as well, from 13.3 at baseline (initial self-report) to 3.5 at follow-up.

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What People Say About ORP:

I am excited to be back home and to have a support system [ORP], especially since my family lives out of state.

MS

“Thank you for always checking-in and being there when I have questions.”

HH

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