The RI Reentry Collaborative (RRC) is a partnership among four community-based organizations designed to serve people transitioning from prison back to communities in the Providence metro area. Since its formation in 2019, the Center has led the coordination of the collaborative. The RRC model aims 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 include the Center, Amos House, the Nonviolence Institute, and the Reentry Campus Program. The RRC utilizes a strengths-based, collaborative case management model to connect reentering clients to programs and services. Each client is assigned a case manager from one of the core partners, who provides six to twelve months of comprehensive, post-release support. These supports include 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 meets 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 coordinates with other reentry stakeholders, including RIDOC, RI Probation & Parole, local law enforcement, and a variety of RI service providers and community partners. The RRC’s long-term vision is 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 launch of this new collaborative is currently supported by the 2018 Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry grant program that is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.