Texas Care Prisoner Reentry Program
Texas Care founders have worked with ex-prisoners for decades. Constructing the Prisoner Reentry Program for the CCA Private Prison System Network in 2007, it's always been their goal to create opportunities for those who find themselves regaining their freedom after a incarceration. Texas Medicaid has played a significant role in this readjustment period for the individual and their families.
Each year, more than 700,000 people are released from state and Federal prison, while another 9 million cycle through local jails. Statistics indicate that more than two-thirds of state prisoners are rearrested within three years of their release and half are re-incarcerated. High rates of recidivism mean more crime, more victims, and more pressure on an already overburdened criminal justice system. The Administration’s National Drug Control Strategy supports comprehensive change within the criminal justice system, promoting a combined public health/public safety approach to stop the all-too-common cycle of arrest, incarceration, release, and re-arrest.
Reentry programs are designed to assist incarcerated individuals with a successful transition to their community after they are released. Improving reentry is a critical component. Specifically, the Strategy calls for supporting post-incarceration reentry efforts by assisting in job placement, facilitating access to drug-free housing, and reducing substance use disorder symptoms. The main purpose of a reentry program is to make communities safer, assisting those returning from prison and jail in becoming productive, tax-paying citizens and saving taxpayer dollars by lowering the direct and collateral costs of incarceration. This is where Texas Care can help.
Texas Care's Reentry assistance Program was established to assist ex-offenders breakthrough the barriers that come with prison release. Following are the most common challenges faced by those who are coming home after having been through addiction rehabilitation or prison:
- Family Support
- PTSD Treatment
- Groceries and Hygeine
- Obtaining Valid Identification
- Skills Development Training
- Countless, mandated orientations and classes (AA, NA, Sex-Offender Treatment Program, etc.)
- Establishing new relationships
The value of having someone who is familiar with these challenges, who understands the system, knows and is known by the right people cannot be underestimated. By working closely with state and federal organizations like TDCJ's Criminal Reentry and Integration Division and Texas Medicaid , we are able to create more opportunity for an underrepresented population.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice Reentry and Integration Division
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Reentry and Integration Division's actions are guided by legislative mandates, proven best practices and a set of core values designed to establish a comprehensive reentry and integration plan for Offenders involved in the adult criminal justice system.
In order to reduce recidivism, the Reentry and Integration Division provides a three-phased Reentry Program for releasing adult offenders in conjunction with the Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments (TCOOMMI), which coordinates the mental health and medical needs of both juvenile and adult offenders under supervision through established partnerships and targeted state resources.
The Benefits of Hiring Ex-Offenders
Chapter 142 of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code limits the liability of an employer who hires persons with past criminal convictions. Should you be interested in providing an opportunity and a second chance and are open to hiring an ex-offender, please contact the Reentry and Integration Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free at (877) 887-6151.
The Reentry Program provides a three-phased reentry program designed to prepare offenders for a successful return to the community after release from TDCJ.
- Phase I – Identification Processing – assists eligible offenders in obtaining replacement social security card, certified birth certificate, and state identification card at time of release.
- Phase II – Assessment and Reentry Planning – completion of risk and needs assessment with individual case planning provided to those at moderate to high risk of re-offending.
- Phase III – Community Reentry Services – provides post-release individual case management, employment readiness training, and employment services with an emphasis on assisting the formerly incarcerated with obtaining sustainable employment.
- Veterans Reentry Services – assist veterans in obtaining record of military services, completion of veteran's benefits application, linkage to military peer support services and continuity of care.
The Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments (TCOOMMI) provides pre-release screening and referral to aftercare treatment services for special needs offenders releasing from correctional settings, local jails, or other referral sources. TCOOMMI contracts with Local Mental Health Authorities across the state to provide continuity of care services for persons on probation or parole by linking them with community based interventions and support services.
- Medically Recommended Intensive Supervision
- Eligible offenders may be considered for early release who pose minimal public safety risk, from incarceration to more cost effective alternatives.
- Mental Health Continuity of Care*
- Adult Case Management
- Adult Continuity of Care
- Jail Diversion
- Juvenile Probation Case Management
- TJJD Continuity of Care Services
- Medical Continuity of Care
- TCOOMMI staff may secure resources in the community for releasing offenders identified for special needs referrals and services.
- Wrongfully Imprisoned Program
- Provides case management services and linkages to medical, dental and mental health services as well as transitional services for those persons released from TDCJ custody who have served all or part of a sentence and were subsequently granted an actual finding of innocence by the courts.
*During the 85th Legislature, SB 1326 required TCOOMMI to approve a form regarding mental illness assessment and written notification to the magistrate. Additionally, the 86th Legislature required changes to the form through HB 601. The updated form approved by TCOOMMI can be found here.
*During the 84th Legislature HB 1908 was passed which amended existing legislation regarding mental health continuity of care by adding delusional disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorder as well as any other diagnosed severe and persistent mental health disorder as categories to be served, subject to available resources and the extent feasible.