The Community Reentry Funding Initiative seeks to reduce reoffense among program participants by connecting them to vital services and programs. Services provided through the Initiative include: transportation, housing, basic essential, 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 funded five rounds of Community Reentry programming since that time.
The Initiative was designed to address the needs of individuals under the supervision of Missouri Probation and Parole by providing the tools offenders need to be successful, law-abiding citizens. 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. Funding is allocated to regions based on the offender population in those regions.
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 evaluators of the Community Reentry Funding Initiative. IPP also provides technical assistance and guidance to agencies from the initial award through final reporting.
IPP conducts process and impact evaluations of the individually funded programs and the Initiative as a whole. The Missouri Department of Corrections and funded agencies use the evaluation information to improve service delivery, communicate results to stakeholders, and ensure the effective use of resources.