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Rescue and Recovery Reentry Project for Men of Color. (RARCRP)

Award Information

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Competitive Discretionary
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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $750,000)



Project Abstract

The Rescue and Recovery Community Reentry Project for Men of Color (RARCRP) targets African American adult prisoners who have been assessed and referred by the Illinois Department of Correction to receive recovery services and scheduled to be released to Cook County, Illinois. Project Goals are to create a sustainable system of care to establish treatment, suicide prevention, and continuity of recovery in the community for adult incarcerated persons with mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders upon their release from a correctional facility. Project Objectives are to serve (150) adult incarcerated persons ages 21-65 over a (3) year performance period (50 each year) October 3, 2022 through September 30, 2025 by providing pre-release and post-release recovery services; to provide education and training for criminal justice, mental health and substance use agencies, and community-based behavioral health providers on interventions to create a Data-Driven Action Plan; and to ensure that persons with serious mental illness are provided timely access to appropriate recovery supports. Project Activities include monthly education and training sessions coordinated by Project staff for the evidenced-based Planning, Evaluation and Advisory Coalition Entity (P.E.A.C.E)1 comprisedof organizational partners, formerly incarcerated persons, recovered substance users and community and jurisdictional stakeholders. Training for the creation of an Action Plan will focus on program implementation, crisis response, treatment adherence, and continuity of recovery in the community; also pre-release services to include Risk and Needs Assessment, Comprehensive Case Management, and Group Mentoring; post-release outpatient services to include: initial







1 PEACE is an evidenced-based collaborative team model created and used by permission of the Reclamation and Restoration Ministries, Incorporated


assessment, regular drug screening, individual and intensive group counseling, transitional housing and transportation referrals, HIV Rapid Preliminary Antibody Testing, and treatment for participants testing positive for viral hepatitis(B or C); Comprehensive Case Management; Individual and Group Mentoring; and evaluation of project performance through Online Performance Measurement Tools.

Project Outcomes will be based upon evidenced-based findings and evaluation and will show that a Continuum of Care Data-Driven Action Plan will have been created; 95% of coalition members will continue to build and support community-based recovery programs; 75% of clients will have reduced their substance use, 95% matched with a mentor will remain in the program; 95% with serious mental illness will receive timely access to services; and 95% will not recidivate within three years after completion of the project.

Date Created: November 9, 2022