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4.8 Liv Jenssen A

  1. 1. Transition Services Unit Department of Community Justice
  2. 2. Housekeeping Ask questions during the presentation Question and answer period at conclusion
  3. 3. Multnomah County, Oregon Dept Of Community Justice <ul><li>Housed in most populous county in the state of Oregon </li></ul><ul><li>Department includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Director’s Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Juvenile Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employee, Community & Clinical Services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Department county </li></ul><ul><li>administered. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Portland, Oregon
  5. 5. Offender Supervision <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Protect the community and promote positive offender behavior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with police, community resources and community organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supervision includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact with offender in form of home, office visits and collateral contacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sanctions and services </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Adult Services Division <ul><li>Intake and Court Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Centralized Intake, PSI, Recog/Pre-trial, Hearings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Probation and Parole Field Supervision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Generic, Specialized, Casebank </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transition Services and Sanctions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Day Reporting Center, Londer Learning Center, Community Service, Transitional Services </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Transition Services Unit <ul><li>The Transition Services Unit (TSU ) provides a comprehensive system of services designed to prepare, equip, and sustain an offender upon their release from prison, jail or treatment. </li></ul><ul><li>TSU’s primary focus is on offenders with special needs including mentally, developmentally and physically disabled, elderly, and predatory sex offenders. </li></ul>
  8. 8. TSU services include, however not limited to the following: <ul><li>Prioritize; locate and access safe and suitable housing for recently released offenders </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and make initial appointment for medical and/or mental health and substance abuse treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Medication Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>First appointment for federal and state benefits; monitor progress until benefits are received </li></ul><ul><li>Self Sufficiency Supports including working with voc rehab, Londer Learning Center and other employment programs </li></ul><ul><li>Provide clothing vouchers for work clothes </li></ul><ul><li>Case coordination and Community Services connection </li></ul>
  9. 9. TSU Client Snapshot: <ul><li>Mental Health – 35% </li></ul><ul><li>Sex Offenders – 62% </li></ul><ul><li>History of Violence – 21% </li></ul><ul><li>Cognitive Challenged – 12% </li></ul><ul><li>Medical – 15% </li></ul><ul><li>A/D – 85% </li></ul>
  10. 10. Subsidy Process: Before Release
  11. 11. Subsidy Process: After Release
  12. 12. Disabled or Aged Inmates Where do I start?
  13. 13. Reach In
  14. 14. Case Staffing Guide
  15. 15. Transition Planning
  16. 16. Housing for Released Offenders
  17. 17. Results <ul><li>The Transition Services Unit has found that their program has corroborated research that finds that offenders who have access to supportive services and housing upon leaving incarceration are less likely to recidivate and have a greater like likelihood of employment. </li></ul><ul><li>TSU data shows that while the overall abscond rate among high-risk offenders is 15 percent, abscond rate of offenders in TSU is three times less at 5 percent. </li></ul><ul><li>TSU data also shows 87 percent of high risk, high need offenders were able to move into stable housing, obtain employment, completes their GED and/or obtains entitlements if eligible . </li></ul>