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Reentry Services Making a Difference in Kansas

by adamp — last modified Jan 03, 2017 12:01 PM
In Kansas, 97 percent of inmates will be released from prison at some point, returning to their local communities. In an effort to prepare offenders for return, inmates are provided programming that addresses substance misuse, sex offending, job readiness, parenting/family, criminal/anti-social thinking, GED readiness, vocational training, work release and pre-release.

Skilled correctional professionals and key community partners strive to deliver treatment and programming that is evidence based and adheres to effective correctional practices with fidelity in order to provide offenders with new skills, thinking patterns and behavior to help them become law-abiding, contributing members of their communities. Each year, hundreds of inmates also take classes to learn more about tenant responsibility, money management, introduction to cognitive skills, resume-building/mock interviews, family transition, release planning, alcohol and drug education and other life skills.

In addition, the following reentry services are provided by the KDOC:

  • Housing services
  • Transportation (bus tickets to get home, voucher funds for local travel)
  • Financial (money management, voucher funds for emergencies/survival)
  • Community identification (partnerships with DMV, Social Security Administration, Vital Statistics, VA)
  • Connection to treatment and services
    • Partnerships with Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Centers [RADACs] for pre-/post-release assessment/care coordination for substance misuse;
    • Discharge planners set up continuum of care with Community Mental Health Centers; and,
    • Liaisons in some mental health centers
  • Medication provided at the point of release; 30-day supply and renewed prescriptions for another 15 days if/as needed
  • Complete benefits applications pre-release so offenders can access disability and Medicaid resources
  • Mentoring and family services to help develop/connect to natural supports (over 6,900 adult matches made since 2012 through Mentoring4Success)
  • Recovery planning and services through RADACs and a few KDOC Recovery Specialists, addressing both addiction and mental health needs
  • Batterers’ Intervention in four of the state's largest counties
  • Resource lists in the parole offices for access to food, clothing, furniture and hygiene items
  • Release planning for all offenders
  • Advanced Practice groups to continue practicing/reinforcing skills learned in programs in the facilities.
  • Job Specialists and partnerships (including some liaisons) with local workforce centers

Commerce partnership, with a Corrections Liaison housed at Commerce, and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit [WOTC]/Bonding team providing pre- and-post-release support in using those tools.

To recognize the great work being done, April 24th – April 30th has been designated as National Reentry Week. The Kansas Department of Corrections continues to be a leader in reentry services, striving to uphold its mission with every offender in Kansas. “Every offender released from prison will have the tools needed to succeed in the community.” 

In Fiscal Year 2016, the Kansas Department of Corrections is on track to serve more than 7,200 offenders, an increase of more than 300 from the previous year.


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