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Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP) Briefing. Presented by: Stan Seidel, Director, VETS, Maryland seidel.stanley@dol.gov. Incarcerated Veterans’ Transition Program Goals. Reduce Recidivism Reintegrate Incarcerated Veterans into Workforce Provide Healthcare/Benefits.

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Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP) Briefing

Presented by: Stan Seidel, Director, VETS, Maryland

seidel.stanley@dol.gov


Incarcerated Veterans’ Transition Program Goals

  • Reduce Recidivism

  • Reintegrate Incarcerated Veterans into Workforce

  • Provide Healthcare/Benefits


Incarcerated Veterans’ Transition Program(IVTP)Period Ending 03/31/2006


Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program


Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program Grant Category

  • New grant category for FY 2004

  • “Pilot” Program authorized under 38 United States Code, Section 2022, as added by Section 5 of Public Law 107-95, the Homeless Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2001.

  • Funded under HVRP - no separate funding authorization.


Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program Objective

  • Pilot Grantees provide direct services through a case management approach while networking with federal, state, and local resources and veteran support programs to reintegrate previously incarcerated veterans into the workforce.

  • Assistance provided within 18 Months of separation from incarceration.


Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program Pilot Sites – FY 2004

  • Volunteers of America, Los Angeles, CA

  • Vietnam Veterans of San Diego, CA

  • Joint Efforts, San Pedro, CA

  • Volunteers of America, Louisville, KY

  • Quad Area Community Action Agency, Hammond, LA

  • Veterans Benefits Clearing House, Roxbury, MA

  • The Salvation Army, Rochester, NY


National Pilot

Colorado Department of Labor &

National Veterans Training Institute (NVTI)

  • NVTI developed TAP style Pre-release Workshop

  • Developed Competencies for Workshop & Case Management

  • Developed Facilitator and Participant Manual – Printed 5,000 for state pilots

  • Train 120 (trained 154) DVOP / LVER


7 Pilot States Selected

ColoradoConnecticutGeorgia

IllinoisKentucky

NOTE: Virginia and the State of Washington have been dropped.


Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles

  • Institutional Issues

    • Point of Contacts

    • Security Clearances

    • Policy/Procedure Training

    • Program disruptions / security issues

    • Transfer of inmates / little or no notice

    • Limited medicine supply upon release


Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles

  • Service Providers

    • Servicing offenders different vs. transitioning military personnel

    • Ability to gain security clearance

    • Continuity of care / VA claim process

    • Facility location

    • MOU Process


Best Practices and Strategies

  • Establishment of Partnerships (DOL, SDOC, VA, FBCO)….benefits…..

    • Access to correctional facilities

    • Relocation of offenders closer to service provider

    • Leverage of resources - substance abuse treatment, job training, etc.

    • Linkages bridge gaps to assist release's to other states

    • Divert veterans to treatment programs vs. incarceration


Other National Resources

  • Department of Labor/Veterans’ Employment and Training

    • 1,260 Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Specialists

    • 1,073 Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives

    • 80 Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs

    • 17 Veterans’ Workforce Investment Programs


Next Steps

  • Evaluate Recidivism rate of grantee HVRP pilots through VA

  • Bridge fund IVTP/HVRP grantees for 15 months

  • Continue State Pilots


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