RI Reentry Collaborative
The RI Reentry Collaborative (RRC) was a partnership from 2019-2022 among four community-based organizations designed to serve people transitioning from prison back to communities in the Providence metro area. With CHJT as the lead coordinator, the RRC model aimed to help sustain long-term reentry partnerships, foster collaborative case planning, improve the efficiency of community-based services, and promote best practices for working with justice-involved adults.
The core partner organizations of the RRC included CHJT, Amos House, the Nonviolence Institute, and the Reentry Campus Program. The RRC utilized a strengths-based, collaborative case management model to connect reentering clients to programs and services. Each client was assigned a case manager from one of the core partners, who provided six to twelve months of comprehensive, post-release support. These supports included assistance obtaining vital documents, enrolling in public benefits, legal supports, transportation assistance, peer mentoring and coaching, financial supports, healthcare navigation and emergency assistance. The RRC case management team met on a regular basis to conduct transitional case planning, coordinate client services and referrals, share resources, problem solve, and track participant outcomes.
With the overall goal of preventing rearrests and re-incarceration, the RRC coordinated with other reentry stakeholders, including the RI Department of Corrections (RIDOC), RI Probation & Parole, local law enforcement, and a variety of RI service providers and community partners. The RRC’s long-term vision was to provide a more comprehensive, community-based reentry system in the state of Rhode Island, utilizing best practices to improve the quality and stability of life for people returning to the community from incarceration. The RRC evolved into the Rhode Island Reentry Alliance (RIRA) in 2022.
The launch of the collaborative was supported by the 2018 Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.
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