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Offender Re-Entry: One Jail’s Perspective. Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Wendy Miller-Cochran, LCSW-C Re-Entry Unit Social Worker. Montgomery County Correctional Facility. What is Re-Entry?.

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Offender re entry one jail s perspective

Offender Re-Entry:One Jail’s Perspective

Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation

Wendy Miller-Cochran, LCSW-C

Re-Entry Unit Social Worker



What is re entry

What is Re-Entry?

The transition from incarceration in jails or prisons back to the community.


Why provide re entry services
Why Provide Re-Entry Services

  • To improve the likelihood of a successful return to the community.

  • Reduce future crime.

  • Assist all citizens of our communities to become productive, healthy members of society.

  • Build stronger, healthier families.


Who needs re entry
Who Needs Re-Entry

  • Adults

  • Children

  • Families

  • Communities

  • Workforce

  • ANYONE WHO IS INCARCERATED!


Typical re entry client needs
Typical Re-Entry Client Needs:

  • Ongoing medications (physical and psychiatric)

  • Ongoing Mental Health Treatment

  • Substance Abuse Treatment

  • Domestic Violence Programs

  • Shelter Referrals

  • Food stamps and food bank

  • Access to medical care

  • Employment and Educational programs

  • Supportive Services for Family


When does re entry begin
When Does Re-Entry Begin?

Upon entering the facility, inmate needs are assessed by the case manager.

Inmates are encouraged to participate in educational programming, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, job readiness and/or Moral Reconation Therapy.


When con t
When? (con’t)

  • Within 90 days of release date, Re-entry planning begins with a focus on (re) assessment of current and continued needs and “treatment planning” begins.

  • Referrals are initiated and appointments are scheduled.

  • Inmates are released with a treatment plan in hand.


Collaborative case management

Collaborative Case Management

What the heck is that?


Collaborative case management1
Collaborative Case Management

  • Meets Bi-weekly

  • Key to post release planning

  • Identification of resources

  • Sharing information

  • Linkages are initiated

  • Referrals are made

  • Partnerships are initiated

  • Formal and Informal networking


At the table
At the table:

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment Providers

  • Parole and Probation

  • Mediation Services

  • Facility Psychiatrist

  • Benefits Specialist

  • Crisis Services

  • Social Workers/ Case Managers


Linkages and referrals are made during the meeting and re entry work is officially started
Linkages and referrals are made during the meeting and Re-Entry work is “officially” started.


Benefit specialist
Benefit Specialist Re-Entry work is “officially” started.

  • Liaison between the Family Investment Administration and special needs populations

  • Ensures that Medical Assistance, PAC Program, Food Stamps and Cash Benefits are applied for before release

  • Helps direct inmates in establishing or re-establishing Social Security benefits


Criteria for eligibility
Criteria for Eligibility Re-Entry work is “officially” started.

  • Montgomery County residents only

  • Sentenced and within 60 days of release

  • No detainers

  • Inmates and their family members living in the same household


How does the referral process work
How does the referral process work? Re-Entry work is “officially” started.

  • Referrals are taken from social workers, attorneys, medical providers, substance abuse and mental health treatment providers, and any other DOCR staff or community partner

  • Medical completes the 402B form (for MA and TDAP)

  • Team effort!


Reentry housing for families the dwelling place
ReEntry Housing for Families: The Dwelling Place Re-Entry work is “officially” started.

  • 5 project-based vouchers available

  • Adult offenders with custody of at least one child

  • Supportive housing for up to 36 months

  • Permanent Housing voucher upon successful completion of the program

  • Referrals directly from incarceration


Re entry id card
Re-Entry ID Card Re-Entry work is “officially” started.

  • Legal Photo Identification

  • RIDE ON bus/Transit Pass

  • Library Card for computer access


Re entry employment services
Re-Entry Employment Services Re-Entry work is “officially” started.


Mccf one stop offender employment center
MCCF ONE STOP Re-Entry work is “officially” started.OFFENDER EMPLOYMENT CENTER


Workshops career planning
Workshops/ Career Planning Re-Entry work is “officially” started.

  • Job Readiness Workshops

  • One-on-One Needs Assessment & Career Planning

  • Answering the “Offense Question”

  • Good Worker Traits

  • Addressing Barriers


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