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Round 2 Grants

Innovations In Reentry Round 2 (IIR2)

In July 2016, Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services awarded $1,029,497 in funding for Round 2 of the Innovations In Reentry Grant Program.

The Funding Board, which consisted of reentry experts from local government agencies, community-based organizations, and community stakeholders, recommended seven projects implemented by twelve community-based organizations in the following funding categories:

  • Stakeholder Participation (6 month grant period) – Effective and implementable models or practices to ensure the “voice of stakeholders” is included in significant decisions impacting the design and effectiveness of programs serving reentry or formerly incarcerated individuals in the community.
  • Re-entry Workforce Development for Peer Services (18 month grant period) – Effective and adoptable plans for incorporating formerly incarcerated individuals into the workforce of agencies and programs providing services to the reentry population.
  • Medi-Cal Billing Readiness (6 month grant period) – Development and field testing of a standardized and effective assessment of organizations’ capacity and readiness to claim and retain funding through Short-Doyle claiming processes.

IIR2 Grantees

Asian Prisoner Support Committee & Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency

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This project is currently in progress.

Funding Amount: $200,000

Project Category: Reentry Workforce Development For Peer Services

Project Name: Reentry Navigators

Population Served: People on probation (typically between ages 18-40) and on parole (typically age 40 and over)

Learning Question: How might a cross cultural prison-to-reentry-to-leadership pipeline impact the African American and Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) reentry workforce in Alameda County?

Project Summary: Prepares qualified peer specialists for case management contracts, using cross-racial dialogue and partnership


Contact: Ben Wang, Co-Chair

Phone: (510) 292-0852

Email: ben@asianprisonersupport.org

Website: www.asianprisonersupport.org | www.self-sufficiency.org

Asian Prisoner Support Committee & Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency

California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions & Roots Community Health Center

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Funding Amount: $150,000

Project Category: Medi-Cal Billing Readiness Assessment Tool

Project Name: Medi-Cal Billing Readiness

Population Served: This project will seek to recruit and engage three community-based agencies that meet the following minimum criteria: 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating in Alameda County; currently providing programming for the reentry population in Alameda County; demonstrated experience in providing culturally relevant services with proven success (anecdotal evidence acceptable) in reducing recidivism; not currently certified to provide Medi-Cal services.

Learning Question: What design features of an assessment tool for Medi-Cal billing readiness will best support the capacity building needs of community-based reentry service providers?

Project Summary: Expands number and diversity of agencies qualified to bill for specialty mental health Medi-Cal through BHCS

Resources:

download pdf iconProject Brochure

download pdf iconProject Report – Medi-Cal Readiness Certification Dashboard


Contact: Karen Kuraski, Senior Associate

Phone: (916) 379-5321

Email: kkurasaki@cibhs.org

Website: www.cibhs.org

California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions & Roots Community Health Center

Conscious Voices

This project is currently in progress.

Funding Amount: $100,000

Project Category: Reentry Workforce Development For Peer Services

Project Name:

Population Served: Previously incarcerated minority women, ages 18-65, including mothers. Many lack basic high school education or vocational training, and are ineligible for veterans’ benefits.

Learning Question: How Can a reentry workforce development program for peer services prepare formerly incarcerated women to serve as peer specialists and reduce recidivism?

Project Summary: Prepares formerly incarcerated women to be community health workers


Contact: Cheryl Cranshaw, Executive Director

Phone: (510) 689-7982

Email: cherylaw2000@yahoo.com

Conscious Voices

E C Reems Community Services

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This project is currently in progress.

Funding Amount: $100,000

Project Category: Reentry Workforce Development For Peer Services

Project Name: Women Far Above Rubies

Population Served: Previously incarcerated minority women, ages 18-65, including mothers. Many lack basic high school education or vocational training, and are ineligible for veterans’ benefits.

Learning Question: How Can a reentry workforce development program for peer services prepare formerly incarcerated women to serve as peer specialists and reduce recidivism?

Project Summary: Prepares qualified peer specialists for case management contracts, focusing on women


Contact: Maria Reems, Pastor

Phone: (510) 206-7646

Email: mariareems@gmail.com

E C Reems Community Services

Genesis Worship Center & Tricities Community Development

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This project is currently in progress.

Funding Amount: $200,000

Project Category: Reentry Workforce Development For Peer Services

Project Name: The Fresh Start Initiative

Population Served: The target population is inmates currently in custody at the Santa Rita Jail and formerly incarcerated individuals released from any Bay Area facility. Program staff will work directly with parole and probation departments to make participation in Fresh Start Academy a mandatory part of their release. It is anticipated that the majority of the clients will be men of color between the ages of 18- 30 but services will not be limited to this group. This program will provide services to all ages and races.

Learning Question: How effective is providing job readiness services from the pre-release phase through workforce reentry and retention through a customized plan of supportive services, coaching and mentoring for each participant at preparing formerly incarcerated persons for gainful employment in peer services?

Project Summary: Prepares qualified peer specialists for case management contracts, starting while in jail


Contact: George Matthews, Pastor

Phone: (510) 414-0147

Email: georgematthews@gmail.com

Genesis Worship Center & Tricities Community Development

Oakland California Youth Outreach

This project is currently in progress.

Funding Amount: $100,000

Project Category: Reentry Workforce Development For Peer Services

Project Name: Trauma Response Specialist

Population Served:
A. Age Group: Adult reentry population, 18-34
B. Geographic area: Oakland and surrounding areast

Learning Question: Can formerly incarcerated staff be effectively trained to deliver a trauma informed Cognitive Behavior Training curriculum and program that increases employability and reduces recidivism of clients recently released from incarceration.

Project Summary: Prepares qualified peer specialists for case management contracts, using trauma-informed care


Contact: David Muhammad, Executive Director

Phone: (510) -746-6111

Email: dmuhammad@hotmail.com

Oakland California Youth Outreach

Roots Community Health Center, Timelist, & Centerforce

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Funding Amount: $154,497

Project Category: Stakeholder Engagement

Project Name: Reentry Engagement Framework Reentry Leader Fellowship
“OUR Project”

Population Served:
A. Age Group: 18+ years old
B. Geographic Area: Alameda County
C. Referral Sources: Probation, Jail, Centerforce, Community Partners

Learning Question: Does a reentry engagement framework for formerly incarcerated persons result in recommendations for improved systems and services and facilitate better integration into the community?

Project Summary: Increases stakeholder capacity and interest in directly impacting program and policy decisions at community/board level

Resources:

download pdf iconProject Brochure


Contact: Noha Aboelata, CEO

Phone: (510) 777-1177 ext. 205

Email: drnoha@rootsclinic.org

Website: www.rootsclinic.org

Roots Community Health Center, Timelist, & Centerforce |
Round 2 (2016) | Stakeholder Engagement (6 Months)

The Reset Foundation

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Funding Amount: $25,000

Project Category: Stakeholder Engagement

Project Name: The Reset Foundation Stakeholder Oversight Committee

Population Served:
A. Age Group: 18 and older
B. Geographic area: Alameda County

Learning Question: Can an oversight committee of formerly incarcerated community members be integrated onto an organization’s advisory council to provide program input and engagement and build relationships with program participants? Can this committee serve as a model for programs to gain guidance and formalize relationships with individuals who deeply understand the needs of the individuals being served, as well as connect the organization and its participants to community peer services?

Project Summary: Increases stakeholder capacity and interest in directly impacting program and policy decisions at organizational level

Resources:

download pdf iconProject Brochure

download pdf iconStakeholder Oversight Committee - Project Toolkit


Contact: Jen Anderson, COO

Phone: (415) 935-3625

Email: jen@theresetfoundation.org

Website: www.theresetfoundation.org

The Reset Foundation