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.
Our Prop 47 two-year preliminary report describes the reentry programming that has been developed and implemented with the first cohort of Prop 47 funding.
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.
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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
The Office of Diversion and Reentry partnered to open the Community Reentry Center (CRC) located at 3965 Vermont Ave in Los Angeles called DOORS (Developing Opportunities and Offering Reentry Solutions). DOORS provides an array of comprehensive supportive services to address the barriers of individuals on adult felony supervision, their families and the community. Such services include but are not limited to housing, employment, legal aid, educational support, mental health assessment and linkage, substance use counseling and health and healing through the arts. The services are provided in a welcoming environment by county partners and community-based organizations that are considered leaders in the reentry work and experienced professionals with high risk communities. If you would like to know more about DOORS, you may contact Tasha McFashion-Stiger (TMcfashion-Stiger@dhs.lacounty.gov) or Cherise Stephens (CStephens@dhs.lacounty.gov).
DOORS Fact Sheet
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. You can also download the flyer, as well as a PowerPoint and accompanying tutorial video to train new staff on voter registration,
In the fall of 2019 several Community Health Workers shared their perspective on the importance of voting for the justice-involved population: watch the video here.
Overdose Prevention Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND)
The Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) program aims to reduce the number of deaths related to opioid overdose in LA County. OEND provides overdose prevention education and naloxone to individuals who are at risk of opioid overdose or who are likely to be at the scene of an overdose and are in a position to respond. OEND’s initial priority will be individuals leaving LA County jails and the broader the reentry population, as studies have indicated these individuals are 40 – 74% more likely to die from an opioid overdose in the first 2-4 weeks following incarceration compared to other community members. Priority populations for OEND services also include active drug users, those in or exiting substance use treatment settings, individuals experiencing homelessness or who are 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. For more information contact: ODPrevention@dhs.lacounty.gov. DHS Overdose prevention videos and resources at laodprevention.org