Missouri Department of Corrections Community Reentry Funding Initiative Evaluation and Project Management
Missouri Department of Corrections
The Community Reentry Funding Initiative seeks to reduce reoffense among probation and parolees under Missouri Department of Corrections supervision. The Initiative helps program participants by connecting them to vital services and programs. Services provided through the Initiative include transportation, housing, basic essentials, employment, mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, academic, vocational education, and family assistance. The Initiative began with a pilot project in early 2009.
The Missouri Department of Corrections has contracted with the Institute of Public Policy since the inception of the initiative. IPP serves as the funding managers and program evaluators of the Community Reentry Funding Initiative. IPP also provides technical assistance and guidance to funded programs.
IPP conducts process and impact evaluations of the individually funded programs as well as the Initiative as a whole. The Missouri Department of Corrections and funded programs use the evaluation information to improve service delivery, communicate results to stakeholders, and ensure the effective use of resources.
The Initiative was designed to address the needs of individuals under the supervision of Missouri Probation and Parole by providing the tools and services ex-offenders need to successfully reintegrate back into society. The goal of the Initiative is to increase access to vital services and programs as identified by local agencies, service providers, and Missouri Reentry Process (MRP) teams across the state. Funding is allocated to regions based on the offender population in those regions.
IPP is in its thirteenth round of evaluation services for the Missouri Dept. of Corrections Community Reentry Initiative for the 2020-2021 program year. The Community Reentry Initiative provides grant funding to awarded nonprofits across the state that help ex-offenders on probation or parole successfully reintegrate into society. A myriad of services is provided through this funding from housing assistance to substance abuse treatment. IPP works with awarded organizations in monitoring their programs and collecting data to assess the impact of the initiative on the clients it serves. IPP has finished its analysis and report for the 2019-2020 Initiative in January 2021. The current initiative will continue through June 30, 2021.
Zach Buckler, MPA