Marion County Reentry Initiative
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Evidence-based research clearly shows that the first 90 days after release from prison are the most risky in terms of re-arrest. Successful reintegration is significantly enhanced by providing quality transition services during this period. Both housing and employment are critical to promote success; therefore MCRI services have an emphasis on these two areas. Approximately 600 offenders originating from Marion County are released from prison back into Marion County each year. Current recidivism data shows that 25% will commit a new felony within 3 years of release. Of those being released, 48% have no housing, and most all have no employment.

Employment Initiative

MCRI engages employers in a collaborative effort to facilitate the employment of transitioning offenders. The process is to screen and assess participants prior to release for work history, work readiness, motivation and risk of recidivism. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Employment Coordinator builds relationships with employers; creates partnership agreements between employer, participant and program; and assists with employee matching and retention. MCSO provides supervision and accountability measures, including programming, oversight, and drug testing in order to enhance participant’s ability to succeed.

Clients access support in a variety of ways, depending on which resource works best for them:

  • At the MCSO office on Aumsville Hwy, an Employment Specialist provides work readiness training and services, and assists in the placement of participants into employment.
  • At the De Muniz Resource Center (3950 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem), clients have access to job postings and computers for conducting job search, preparing their resume, and submitting online applications. Center staff assist with these activities, as needed, and workshops are offered on employment related topics.
  • At Chemeketa Community College (CCC), those on MCSO supervision have access to specialists who provide help with employment for students also engaged in CCC courses. These specialists also provide information and assistance related to GED testing, financial aid, and other CCC supports.

Click here to see the Salem Chamber of Commerce article regarding transitional workforce and return on investment.

MCRI employment supports are designed to mitigate risk to employers, promote success for participants, and increase community safety and livability.

Housing Initiative

The MCSO Parole and Probation Division provides limited housing assistance, which is enhanced by evidence-based transitional housing.
Transitional housing is more than a roof over someone's head. It provides a structured and supervised program for offenders that are motivated to make positive changes. The program includes services such as life skills, cognitive and motivational training, employment assistance, future housing assistance, financial management skills, and support groups. Currently, MCRI partners operate a 12-bed transitional housing program in conjunction with the SOAR Program (Student Opportunity for Achieving Results).

MCRI housing supports are designed to mitigate risk to landlords, promote success for participants, and increase community safety and livability.

SOAR Program

The SOAR Program (Student Opportunity for Achieving Results) is an intensive 12-week treatment program operated on the campus of Chemeketa Community College. Cognitive/motivational training and skill development, along with peer and professional support provide the structured environment and resources for high-risk individuals to navigate successful transition. While recidivism rates for the general Parole & Probation population is 26% (down from 30%), the recidivism rates for SOAR participants is 5%.

Each term, up to 24 high-risk clients are able to participate in the SOAR Program. Staff facilitators are provided by MCRI partners, including Marion County Sheriff's Office, Chemeketa Community College, A/D Treatment Providers, and Community Action Agency.

Mentoring

Mid Valley Mentors (MVM) provides professional mentoring and volunteer mentoring to help clients successfully navigate reentry. Individualized plans guide the interaction, focusing efforts to reduce specific risks and access tangible resources and meaningful opportunities. Clients develop the knowledge and skills to be self-sufficient and effective in their roles as parents, employees, students, and community members.

De Muniz Resource Center

This resouce center opened January 31, 2011 to serve as a "one-stop shop" for the reentry population. Originally named "Pine Street Resource Center," it was dedicated and renamed to honor reentry champion Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul De Muniz a year after opening and having served over 800 indifiduals. Center staff are available to assist with needs assessments, problem solving and connections to resources. Some of the things you can expect to find at the Center are:

  • Assistance with employment search
  • Assistance with accessing education options
  • GED support and computer tutoring
  • Assistance obtaining an Oregon I.D. and Birth Certificates
  • Assistance and referrals in obtaining Housing
  • Access to mentors
  • Referrals for Child and Family Services
  • Referrals for Basic Needs (clothing, hygiene items, food, etc.)
  • Legal assistance (weekly clinic for civil matters such as child custody issues, tenant/landlord disputes, assistance regarding expungements, etc.)
  • Classes on a variety of topics such as Parenting, Personal Finance, Tenant Education, Motivation and others
  • Referrals for health and mental health assistance including assistance in applying for Cover Oregon health insurance
  • Referrals and information regarding other services (Veteran's, disability, DMV, etc.)

Drop in at 3950 Aumsville Hwy SE, in Salem (we are located in the Marion County Work Center) or set up an appointment by phone, 503-990-7370, or email: gro.aacvwm|ecruoserzinumed#gro.aacvwm|ecruoserzinumed.
We are open Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m. Our mailing address is 2475 Center Street NE, Salem, OR 97301

Outcome Measures

MCRI partners utilize a central database to track services and outcomes. This provides the basis for an unbiased evaluation of program effectiveness related to recidivism. Intermediate outcome measures also provide information by which to critique the program so that adjustments can be made over time to ensure positive outcomes and overall effectiveness. See "Annual Report" for more information on MCRI outcomes.

History

This reentry initiative in Marion County began in 2004 as a partnership between the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the Oregon Department of Corrections Religious Services Unit, as a “Home for Good” initiative. “Home for Good” is a program designed to provide faith-based volunteer mentoring to transitioning offenders. The program had no funding, and started slowly as individuals and agencies began to express interest in the effort. As time progressed, a Home for Good Coordinator position was created, and the initial emphasis on mentoring expanded into a strategy to improve housing and employment services to transitioning offenders. Realignment occurred and the program was re-titled as the Marion County Reentry Initiative (MCRI). This allowed a broader focus on citizen invovlement, employment support and housing services.

In October 2009 MCRI held its first "call to action" community breakfast, hosting more than 200 people, launching the community-wide effort, and announcing plans for the SOAR Program, which began in January 2010. Among the highlights were more than three dozen people who volunteered to serve as mentors. In its first year, SOAR graduated 67% of its participants, up from 45% in previous treatment programs.

In the summer of 2010, MCRI, community leaders and philanthropists collaborated to design a "one-stop" resource center for transitioning offenders. The Pine Street Resource Center opened six months later and is operated by Community Action Agency, in partnership with a dozen other providers. Among the community leaders was Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul de Muniz, who later spearheaded the effort to bring Willamette University law school students and supervising attorneys into a partnership to provide legal assistance at the Center. The Center has since been renamed in his honor as the De Muniz Pine Street Resource Center.

In October 2010 MCRI held its second "call to action" community breakfast, hosting more than 350 people, highlighting the successful SOAR Program, and announcing plans for the reentry Resource Center to open in January 2011. Another 40 people volunteered to serve as mentors; and donations of office furniture, funds, and other resources were provided to support the opening of the Center. Initially, the Center served approximately 20 people each week. Within six months, it was serving more than 20 people each day. In its first year, it served over 800 individuals.

In October 2011 MCRI held its third community breakfast, designed this time as a fund-raiser. More than 200 people created a full house at a new venue, where they heard directly from MCRI clients about the positive impact the program has had on their lives. Stories were told and data was shared, including the decline in overall recidivism rates for Parole & Probation clients (from 30% to 26%), and the impressive recidivism rates for MCRI clients (8.5%) and SOAR graduates (5%). Over half the attendees made donations, and 15 new volunteers offered to serve as mentors.

Child Support Services in Marion County Provided By:

Salem Office
Division of Child Support
4600 25th Avenue NE, Suite 180
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 986-2565
Fax: (503) 986-6147
Oregon Child Support Program

Child Support Program Administration Office
494 State Street, Suite 300
Salem, OR 97301-3655
Phone: (503) 986-6166
Fax: (503) 986-6158
Oregon Child Support Program

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