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Prisoner Reentry and Homelessness. Denise Biron Julie Chavez Dara Robichaux. Introductions. Who are we? Denise Biron, Psy.D., Norfolk Department of Human Services, Julie Chavez, PO Senior at Norfolk Probation/Parole, Dara Robichaux, Assistant Warden at Indian Creek Who are you?

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    1. Prisoner Reentry and Homelessness Denise Biron Julie Chavez Dara Robichaux

    2. Introductions • Who are we? Denise Biron, Psy.D., Norfolk Department of Human Services, Julie Chavez, PO Senior at Norfolk Probation/Parole, Dara Robichaux, Assistant Warden at Indian Creek • Who are you? • Who are we talking about? • What are the needs? • How about solutions?

    3. Point in Time Richmond 2011 • A total of 943 adults and 159 children were counted, • 502 individuals who indicated that they had spent time in jail or prison • 87.2% of ex-offenders are males, 12.8% are females. • Most are single, never married adults (54.6%), and • 45.4% have been in families 5.4% of ex-offenders have children living with them. • A majority of ex-offenders report that they are African-American (58.7%), followed by White (35.0%). • 3.3% indicated that they are Hispanic. • Average age for adult ex-offenders is 44.2 years. • 54.0% have only a high school education or GED. 20.7% attended some college, and 8.0% have a college degree or higher. • 17.7% are veterans.

    4. More from Richmond • A majority of ex-offenders have served time in jail (60.8%). 3.4% indicated that they served time in prison, and 35.9% reported that they had served time in both jail and prison • 57.9% reported having felony convictions. 33.3% reported being homeless before incarceration, and 50.3% indicated that they were homeless upon release • 32.7% experienced domestic violence in their lifetime. Of those experiencing domestic violence, 32.9% had experienced it in the past year. • 56.2% report having a problem with alcohol sometime in their lifetime • 75.5% are currently in recovery. • 59.3% report having a problem with substance abuse sometime in their lifetime. • 75.5% are currently in recovery. • 33.5% report having a mental health problem sometime in their lifetime • 50.9% are currently being treated and • 44.6% are taking medication for mental health problem.

    5. Richmond… • 54.2% report having a long-term disability • 63.6% indicated that their disability was drug or alcohol abuse • 67.2% indicated that their disability was a mental illness • 66.0% indicated that their disability was physical • 18.8% are employed • 44.3% work full-time • 30.7% work part-time, and • 25.0% do day labor or temp work • In the past three years, most homeless ex-offenders have been homeless once (57.6%) or twice • (21.9%); 20.5% have been homeless three or more times during this time period. • A little less than half (49.8%) of ex-offenders have been homeless for 5 months or less

    6. Norfolk Reentry Council • Originally started as a pilot in 2006 with NDHS and Probation and Parole • Council began meeting in 2007 • Current structure includes co-facilitation model with NDHS and P & P • Employment committee • Faith Based and Community Initiatives

    7. Norfolk Reentry Council • Bimonthly meetings • Now one of 9 councils in the Hampton Roads region • Community focus, collaborative approach • Pre-release planning, reentry and reintegration • Human Services and Public Safety

    8. Probationers •  Clients always need: • Housing – including those that take SSI and felons • Transportation • Clothing • Employment • Clients also need: • Fast Track MH/SA treatment • Medical/Dental/Substance Abuse and Mental Health access • Prescription assistance for psychotropic  meds • Some clients are unable to get on a bus by themselves, much less participate in groups or remember when their  appointments are & unless they have a supportive family, they eventually violate despite our efforts to work with them

    9. Probationers • Sometimes people are released from maximum security prisons (spending the majority of their time in segregation) who have been very ill prepared for society, no re-entry programs were offered to them.

    10. Reentry Behind the Walls • Intensive Reentry Centers • Resource Rooms • Resource Fairs • Community Collaboration

    11. Reentry Behind the Walls • VARI – Virginia Adult Reentry Initiative • Available at www.vadoc.virginia.gov • Starts at the time of incarceration • Memorandum with Social Security to “fast track” applications • Policy regarding birth certificates and social security cards

    12. Resources • http://www.nhi.org/online/issues/139/exoffenders.html • http://www.homewardva.org/sftp-homeward/January%202011%20exoffender%20snapshot%20FINAL%20031111%20MEA.pdf • www.vadoc.virginia.gov