Comprehensive Community Reentry Plan (FY2019)
Friends, Family, Neighbors
Building a better, safer community together.
After completing a series of in-depth community assessments, the members of the KRC engaged in extensive planning sessions to identify and prioritize community needs and problems to address around recidivism, established long-term goals and intermediate objectives, and developed thoughtful and specific, measurable strategies to address those key issues.
Capacity & Impact
When examining the effectiveness of the Ketchikan Reentry Coalition in the fall of 2018, members reported the KRC as lacking influence among key leaders and decision-makers in Ketchikan. Over the next fiscal year, we seek to encourage community leadership’s engagement with and support for coalition activities and objectives. This will be accomplished through both direct and indirect strategies – directly by recruiting and lobbying decision-makers and indirectly by engaging the public and raising awareness on the issue of recidivism and the needs of reentrants through community events and promoting stories of success, recovery, and resiliency.
Awareness & Engagement
In examining community readiness for engaging on the issue of recidivism, our assessments identified a relatively low level of community readiness to address recidivism, with community members identified as largely having, at best, a vague understanding of the issue. In particular, most are ill-informed about the specific details, having little knowledge of recidivism, its effects and causes, and efforts to address it. To help our community take ownership of this issue, the KRC will work to increase public awareness of recidivism and its impact, engaging with the public through community events, the press, and social media focused on sharing our vision and promoting stories of reentrant success and resiliency. This should dramatically increase community awareness as well as combat stigma against reentrants, helping community members to recognize returning citizens as their friends, family, and neighbors.
Direct Service Strategies
After reviewing assessments of reentrant needs, available resources, and service gaps, the coalition developed a series of strategies focused on supporting returning individuals, specifically addressing needs around housing, employment, community connectedness, physical & behavioral healthcare, and transportation. Four new committees were created and tasked with developing and implementing these strategies
Again and again in our assessments, it was noted that a critical issue facing reentrants is the lack of reentry-specific care coordination. However, limited funding exists for a dedicated Reentry Care Manager. To address this need with the resources available in our community, the KRC Care Coordination Committee will develop a cross-agency care coordination team. This team is composed of access specialists, case managers, healthcare providers, DOC officers, employers, and others from partner organizations like KIC, Akeela, SAIL, PeaceHealth, Optimum Health and Wellness, and more. The Care Coordination Committee developed and continues to support the Reentry Navigation Service, a direct support to reentrants designed to fill that critical care coordination role. The care coordination team continues to support navigation, facilitating cross-agency collaboration and looking for additional opportunities to provide direct services to reentrants.
Reentrants face significant barriers in obtaining housing and employment, and those unable to find stable jobs and shelter are at significantly greater risk of recidivism, The Networking Committee seeks to support reentrants in these critical areas by creating a network of reentrant-friendly landlords and employers willing to work with individuals returning to Ketchikan.
Training & Development
Supporting the Care Coordination Committee, the Training & Development Committee is focused on creating courses for reentrants providing education in key adult daily living and vocational skills. Assessments noted that many returning individuals lack the skills to navigate complex healthcare systems, engage with landlords, maintain employment, and other critical tasks. Helping reentrants develop these skills is critical to their successful reintegration into the community. This team will develop trainings tailored to reentrant needs and delivered both in-reach pre-release as well as in the community post-release in conjunction with the efforts of the care coordination team.
A key part of successful reintegration lies in reentrants participating in pro-social groups. Many individuals returning to Ketchikan have had their ties with the community severed by time and past mistakes. Often, the stigma around formerly incarcerated individuals is such that the only social groups accepting of reentrants are those still engaging in substance abuse and other unhealthy, maladaptive behaviors. Recognizing the importance of social connectedness, the KRC formed the Peer Support Committee with the intent to support reentrants engaging in prosocial, healthy, and sober activities through peers already well-connected with Ketchikan's recovery community.