The mission of the Office of Diversion and Reentry’s Reentry Division is to develop and implement programming for justice-involved individuals to improve health outcomes, increase self-sufficiency, and reduce recidivism. ODR partners with community-based and County agencies to provide services that are evidence and data driven, and based on the needs of the client. ODR also supports community-based organizations to build their capacity to provide the most effective services; and collaborates with County agencies to leverage resources to improve the systems serving the justice-involved population.
Guiding Principles: Efforts are informed by the experiences of justice-involved individuals; Services are based on the needs of the client; Programming is developed using evidence-based practices; Sustainability, Racial, Gender, and Economic Equity.
Reentry Intensive Case Management Services (R-ICMS)
Reentry Intensive Case Management Services (R-ICMS) seeks to improve the health and well-being of justice-involved individuals by providing case management and service navigation. Community Health Workers with lived experience will support individuals by determining their needs and making connections to relevant organizations and services including: stabilizing needs, enrollment in social services, physical and mental health, housing support, employment and education, cognitive behavioral interventions, arts and entrepreneurship programming, and substance use disorder treatment.
Breaking Barriers is a 24-month Rapid Rehousing program managed by Brilliant Corners which serves adults on felony probation in Los Angeles County who are experiencing homelessness and can work full-time. The program combines assistance with housing services, case management and employment services provided through Chrysalis. Read more about Breaking Barriers here.
Innovative Employment Solutions
A key strategy for supporting reentry is increasing employment opportunities and earnings for the justice involved population. The Reentry division of ODR supports employment services through the recently launched INVEST program, in collaborating with the Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) and County of Los Angeles Probation Department. The INVEST program coordinates Probation supervision programs with the WDACS' workforce development system to provide training and support that will help Probationers enter into the workforce on a meaningful career path. ODR is also intending to expand its support for Innovative Employment Solutions aimed at the reentry population in the coming year.
College and Career
ODR’s College and Career program partners with post secondary institutions to assist justice-involved individuals who wish to continue their education. These programs guide students in navigating the educational and employment landscape and provide the support necessary for academic success.
Community Reentry Center
In June 2019, the Office of Diversion and Reentry will partner in opening a community reentry center called Developing Opportunities and Offering Reentry Solutions (DOORS) on the 3rd floor at 3965 Vermont Avenue. DOORS is designed to be a resource for adult felony probationers, their families, and the community, providing or arranging linkage to a range of community-based, rehabilitative services. Justice-involved individuals will be able to access assistance with substance use disorders, mental health care, medical care, employment, education, housing, family reunification, and social support. The design and implementation of DOORS is a partnership with the Probation Department, the Office of Diversion and Reentry (ODR) and the community through the leadership of the Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership.
LA Free the Vote
LA Free the Vote is an initiative born of two LA Board of Supervisors’ motions in 2018 tasking County agencies to collaborate in a taskforce with stakeholders to civically engage and register to vote justice-involved individuals before the November 2018 general election and beyond. LA Free the Vote aims to make LA County a national leader in systematically offering voter registration to the justice-involved population and encouraging this population to vote. Recognizing that the justice involved-population sits at the intersection of multiple underserved communities, LA Free the Vote brings an intentional County government focus to proactively outreaching to this population whose voices are important to our civic life. See the 120-Report PowerPoint to the Board of Supervisors, and check out the LA Free the Vote Website (coming soon).
Overdose Prevention Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) - Launching Summer 2019
To reduce the number of deaths related to opioid overdose in LA County, DHS is launching an Overdose Prevention, Education and Naloxone Distribution program (OEND.) This program will provide overdose prevention education and naloxone to DHS patients and clients who are at risk of opioid overdose death or likely to be at the scene of an overdose and are in a position to respond with rescue breathing and naloxone.
OEND’s initial priority will be the reentry population, as studies have indicated they are 40 – 74% *link in footnote* more likely to die from an opioid overdose than other community members. ODR and LASD conducted a needs assessment of 3,781 people entering LA County jails **link in footnote** that found 17% of individuals surveyed reported using opioids and 7% had witnessed an overdose in the last 12 months. 39% indicated they would like to participate in an OEND program.
Subsequent priority populations for OEND services will include DHS patients and clients who use illicit substances or prescription opioid, who receive treatment for substance use disorders, exit substance use treatment settings, experience homeless or at risk of homelessness, family members, friends and other people able to assist a person at risk of experiencing an opioid related overdose and employees, volunteers and representatives of community-based entities providing overdose prevention and education services to any of these populations.