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Just in Reach: JIR 2.0

In June 2008, the LASD Community Transition Unit (CTU) was allocated $1.5 million to administer a 24-month jail in-reach demonstration program. CSH, through the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, provided an additional $250,000 to leverage the public investment. The resulting pilot, Just in Reach (JIR), was designed to focus on the hardest to serve population – homeless, repeat offenders (incarcerated three times over three years and with three episodes of homelessness in five years). In the pilot (2008-2010), only 34% of participants were re-arrested. This rate is remarkable, considering the hard to serve population and compared to a 70% recidivism rate for the general jail population.

After three years of minimal funding, CSH re-launched Just in Reach (now named JIR 2.0) in collaboration with its service provider and county partners. The redesigned program, which officially launched January 2014 with funding from a combination of public and private sources, continues to focus on chronically homeless, frequently incarcerated individuals. Compared to previous iterations, however, JIR 2.0 features increased collaboration with permanent supportive housing providers, an assessment tool designed to prioritize the most vulnerable clients, and a robust evaluation.

JIR 2.0 GOALS
JIR 2.0 is a jail in-reach program that connects chronically homeless, frequently incarcerated individuals with a permanent housing solution. While JIR 2.0 has several metrics of success related to the overall health & well-being of program participants, the program’s primary emphasis can be encapsulated in two main goals.

GOAL #1: Reduce rates of re-incarceration for JIR 2.0 clients.

GOAL #2: End the cycle of homelessness for JIR 2.0 clients.

JIR 2.0 TARGET POPULATION

JIR 2.0 only serves individuals who:
1. Are currently incarcerated and sentenced at the Los Angeles County jail; AND
2. Are expected to be discharged from jail in 60-120 days; AND
3. Have been incarcerated at least 3 times in the past 3 years; AND
4. Prior to entering jail were homeless continuously for at least 1 year OR on at least 4 separate occasions in the last 3 years; AND
5. Has a diagnosable substance use disorder, serious mental illness, developmental disability, post-traumatic stress disorder, cognitive impairments resulting from a brain injury, or chronic physical illness or disability, including the co-occurrence of 2 or more of those conditions.

JIR 2.0 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION


  • Uses an intensive case management model to connect the most vulnerable inmates to permanent housing
  • Works with clients 2-4 months prior to discharge from jail, through temporary housing, and into permanent housing for as long as necessary to ensure that clients remain stably housed
  • Embraces a Housing First approach, which prioritizes quick access to permanent housing without requiring “housing readiness”
  • Multi-agency and inter-disciplinary team provides wrap-around support
  • Data-driven and outcome-oriented

JIR 2.0 SERVICES
Collectively, the JIR 2.0 partner agencies provide the following housing and services to participants:


  • Needs assessment and intensive case management
  • Temporary housing immediately upon release from jail
  • Permanent housing placement and short-term rental assistance
  • Employment assistance (individualized and group)
  • Benefits enrollment
  • Mental health services
  • Connection to drug and alcohol treatment
  • Mentoring and other community support
  • On-going services even once placed in housing

Next Steps

JIR 2.0 & PAY FOR SUCCESS
In November 2012, a motion sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to explore expanding JIR 2.0 through a Pay-for-Success financing structure was approved by the Board. In October 2013, the Board passed another motion directing the CEO to develop a blueprint for PFS within LA County. In the spring of 2015, partners at the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department submitted a proposal to the Board on behalf of JIR 2.0. In July of 2015, the Board approved the County CEO’s recommendation that JIR 2.0 be prioritized as LA’s first Pay-for-Success project. The University of California, Los Angeles is conducting a formal evaluation of JIR 2.0 with a focus on evaluative measures that will position the program to transition to a Pay for Success finance structure.

Partners

• Amity Foundation
• Volunteers of America Los Angeles
• Kedren
• Chrysalis
• Skid Row Housing Trust

 

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