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Gang Intervention Team: Re-Entry Development for Youth (GIT REDY)

Award Information

Award #
2010-CZ-BX-0064
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2010
Total funding (to date)
$1,048,827

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $524,461)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities and returning to communities. There are currently over 2.3 million individuals serving time in our federal and state prisons, and millions of people cycling through local jails every year. There are approximately 94,000 youth in residential confinement within the juvenile justice system on any given day. Ninety-five percent of all offenders incarcerated today will eventually be released and will return to communities. The Second Chance Act will help ensure the transition individuals make from prison, jail, or juvenile residential facilities to the community is safe and successful.

The purpose of the proposed Gang Intervention Treatment: ReEntry Development for Youth (GitRedy) is to provide culturally competent, family-focused, reentry services to an annual total of approximately 240 gang-involved youth, returning to Harris County from secure juvenile correctional facilities. GitRedy will identify eligible youth at intake, provide outreach to families in a manner, language, and setting that is consistent with their cultural preferences, proactively coordinate with other traditional and non-traditional service providers, and ensure services, supports, and resources are sustainable by the family with assistance from natural supports. The population of focus is offenders who are within 120 days of their projected release from a TYC facility and who have met specific academic, behavioral, and therapeutic criteria to earn their release from TYC and the group of gang-involved Harris County youth who have had their stay previously extended by TYC's Release Review Panel because of the youth's behavioral issues. GitRedy services are based on a tiered model of youth-specific treatment need and service intensity. TYC will provide the overall project coordination, coordinated reentry services and supports, Aggression Replacement Training®, and the administrative infrastructure for the project. Providers will be solicited through a Request for Proposals process to provide Functional Family Therapy© and intensive case management using a wraparound approach in Harris County.

CA/NCF

OJJDP's Demonstration Programs Division Grants were established to provide grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance to organizations. This program is authorized by the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, Pub. L. 112-110.

The purpose of the Gang Intervention Team: ReEntry Development for Youth (GitRedy) project is to annually provide family-focused, reentry services to 100 gang-involved youth, ages 13-19, returning to Harris County from secure juvenile correctional facilities. GitRedy youth are gang-involved youth who are within 120 days of their projected release and have met release criteria or youth whose stay was extended by TYC's Release Review Panel because of behavioral issues. A typical GitRedy youth is a 17-18 year old African American or Hispanic male, six years behind in reading and math abilities. Approximately 25% are eligible for special education services, 75% are chemically dependent (CD); 50% have mental health problems, and 40% have co-occurring mental health and CD treatment needs. GitRedy identifies youth at intake, reaches out to families, and coordinates with other service providers. TYC provides project coordination, coordinated reentry services, gang intervention, and Aggression Replacement Training®. Competitive processes were used to fund Functional Family Therapy© and intensive case management providers. Project participation will result in a drop in recidivism. Additionally, 40% of youth will be enrolled in school or job training; 40% of youth will be employed; and at least 40% of youth will be matched with a mentor. The program will measure the number of youth enrolled in program, the number of youth re-arrested, the number of youth who have been matched with a mentor, and the number of youth who have completed the Aggression Replacement Training®.

CA/NCF

OJJDP's Demonstration Programs Continuation Grants program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program will be authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

The purpose of the Gang Intervention Team: ReEntry Development for Youth (GitRedy) project is to annually provide family-focused, reentry services to 100 gang-involved youth returning to Harris County from secure juvenile correctional facilities. GitRedy youth are gang-involved youth who are within 120 days of their projected release and have met release criteria or youth whose stay was extended by TYC's Release Review Panel because of behavioral issues. Approximately 25% are eligible for special education services, 75% are chemically dependent (CD); 50% have mental health problems, and 40% have co-occurring mental health and CD treatment needs. GitRedy identifies youth at intake, reaches out to families, and coordinates with other service providers. TYC provides project coordination, coordinated reentry services, gang intervention, and Aggression Replacement Training®. Projected outcomes of this project include: decrease in recidivism; 40% of youth will be enrolled in school or job training; 40% of youth will be employed; and at least 40% of youth will be matched with a mentor. The program will measure the number of youth enrolled in the program, the number of youth re-arrested, the number of youth who have been matched with a mentor, and the number of youth who have completed the Aggression Replacement Training®.
CA/NCF

Date Created: September 13, 2010