Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP) Briefing

Presented by: Stan Seidel, Director, VETS, Maryland seidel.stanley@dol.gov

Incarcerated Veterans’ Transition Program Goals
• Reduce Recidivism • Reintegrate Incarcerated Veterans into Workforce • Provide Healthcare/Benefits

Incarcerated Veterans’ Transition Program (IVTP) Period Ending 03/31/2006
Seven (7) IVTP Grantees 1st Year Plan 1136 755 500 66.2% $8.02 375 75.0% $2,900 1st Year Actual 1109 682 332 48.7% $8.98 204 61% $4,330 2nd Year 4th Qtr Plan 1,139 796 483 61% $8.08 268 97.8% $3,313 $1,600,000 $1,600,000 2nd Year, 4th Qtr Actual 1,475 766 411 53.7% $9.99 228 83% $3,875 $1,592,871 $1,600,000 Act Diff 1st Yr to 4th Qtr,2nd Yr 366 +84 +79 + 5% $1.01 +24 22% +$455

Assessments Enrollments Entered Employment % Entered Employment Average Hourly Wage @ Placement # of 90 Day Retention % of 90 day Retention Cost Per Placement Total Expenditures Total Awarded

$1,450,000 $1,437,538 $1,450,000 $1,450,000

Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program
Number of Workshop Participants Number of Enrollments in Internal Case Management Number of Referrals to One Stop Career Centers Number of Individuals Reporting to One Stop Career Centers Number of Individuals Registered for Case Management Services Number of Individuals Who Enter Employment Who Were Registered for Case Management Services Number of Individuals Who Received VA Services

GA IL WA CT CO TOTAL 1009 447 14 328 184 1982 1009 447 17 196 130 1799
1009 209 649 649 594 288 117 19 26 447 15 6 7 2 5 238 117 226 72 24 20 93 80 63 0

1588 1091 827 709 760

Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program Grant Category
• New grant category for FY 2004 • “Pilot” Program authorized under 38 United States Code, Section 2022, as added by Section 5 of Public Law 107-95, the Homeless Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2001. • Funded under HVRP - no separate funding authorization.

Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program Objective
• Pilot Grantees provide direct services through a case management approach while networking with federal, state, and local resources and veteran support programs to reintegrate previously incarcerated veterans into the workforce. • Assistance provided within 18 Months of separation from incarceration.

Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program Pilot Sites – FY 2004
• • • • • Volunteers of America, Los Angeles, CA Vietnam Veterans of San Diego, CA Joint Efforts, San Pedro, CA Volunteers of America, Louisville, KY Quad Area Community Action Agency, Hammond, LA • Veterans Benefits Clearing House, Roxbury, MA • The Salvation Army, Rochester, NY

National Pilot
Colorado Department of Labor & National Veterans Training Institute (NVTI) • NVTI developed TAP style Pre-release Workshop • Developed Competencies for Workshop & Case Management • Developed Facilitator and Participant Manual – Printed 5,000 for state pilots • Train 120 (trained 154) DVOP / LVER

7 Pilot States Selected
Colorado Illinois Connecticut Kentucky Georgia

NOTE: Virginia and the State of Washington have been dropped.

Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles
• Institutional Issues
– – – – – – Point of Contacts Security Clearances Policy/Procedure Training Program disruptions / security issues Transfer of inmates / little or no notice Limited medicine supply upon release

Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles
• Service Providers
– Servicing offenders different vs. transitioning military personnel – Ability to gain security clearance – Continuity of care / VA claim process – Facility location – MOU Process

Best Practices and Strategies
• Establishment of Partnerships (DOL, SDOC, VA, FBCO)….benefits…..
– Access to correctional facilities – Relocation of offenders closer to service provider – Leverage of resources - substance abuse treatment, job training, etc. – Linkages bridge gaps to assist release's to other states – Divert veterans to treatment programs vs. incarceration

Other National Resources
• Department of Labor/Veterans’ Employment and Training
– 1,260 Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Specialists – 1,073 Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives – 80 Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs – 17 Veterans’ Workforce Investment Programs

Next Steps
• Evaluate Recidivism rate of grantee HVRP pilots through VA • Bridge fund IVTP/HVRP grantees for 15 months • Continue State Pilots