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Vera’s Center on Youth Justice (CYJ) will be the facilitator and technical assistance provider for the New York State Juvenile Reentry Consortium, a group of counties that will work collaboratively to improve reentry planning, coordination, and services for youth returning from a period of post-sentencing confinement in private, voluntary residential care facilities. The initiative is funded by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Many counties across New York State have safely and significantly reduced their use of out-of-home placements—confinement following a court disposition or placement—for young people between the ages of 7 and 15 in favor of more effective and less expensive community-based alternatives. Despite that reduction, however, hundreds of young people across the state continue to be removed from their families and communities every year and placed in facilities during a critical period of adolescence.

To strengthen reentry planning, coordination, and services for youth, counties participating in the consortium will focus on improving transition planning, family engagement strategies, housing stability, and timely and effective educational transitions.

Consortium counties will receive in-depth research and strategic planning support from Vera, consisting of:

  • An intensive planning process, including designing and executing a solicitation for proposals from eligible counties across New York State;
  • A comprehensive, two-day Learning Academy, in partnership with juvenile reentry experts, that covers practices in transition planning, family engagement, housing stability, and education supports;
  • Local systems analyses to identify areas of need; and
  • Ongoing strategic planning support to help counties apply best practices in creating and implementing reform action plans.

The Rutgers School of Criminal Justice will conduct a process analysis of Consortium activities and document outcomes.

Why Implement a Juvenile Reentry Consortium?

Youth returning from out-of-home placement face significant challenges when returning home, including complex familial, physical, and behavioral health needs, and encounter barriers to education, employment, and housing. To promote the long-term success of youth, families, and communities across New York State, the Juvenile Reentry Consortium provides counties with the opportunity to identify challenges in juvenile reentry and develop and implement innovative, and as appropriate, cross-systems strategies for resolving them.

Counties interested in participating should respond to the Request for Proposals (RFP).

Overview

The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera), through funding from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), is seeking proposals from local departments of social services to join the New York State Juvenile Reentry Consortium—a group of counties that will work collaboratively to make changes within existing resources, policies, and practices to improve reentry planning, coordination, and services for justice-involved youth returning from voluntary agency placement (or revocations to placement following a return home).

Recognizing that the majority of young people returning from juvenile justice facilities face significant challenges when reentering their communities, such as complex familial, physical, and behavioral health needs, as well as considerable barriers to education, employment, and housing, this initiative will support select counties across the state in identify emerging or chronic issues in juvenile reentry and developing and implementing innovative—and, as appropriate, cross-systems—strategies that can help reduce juvenile recidivism (thereby protecting public safety and saving taxpayer dollars), and improve the long-term success of youth, families, and communities across New York State.

Vera’s Center on Youth Justice, which works with policymakers and practitioners to make juvenile justice systems more effective, fair and community-based, has a long history of working in collaboration and partnership with diverse counties across New York State on issues that impact all points of the justice system, form first contact to reentry. The Center on Youth Justice received funding from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to be the facilitator and technical assistance provider for the Reentry Consortium.

Proposals are due by Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at 5:00 pm EDT and must be emailed to Insiyah Mohammad at imohammad@vera.org with the subject line “NYS Juvenile Reentry Consortium Proposal for [insert county where you are applying from]” or flash drives delivered to:

Insiyah Mohammad

Vera Institute of Justice

233 Broadway, 12th Floor

New York, NY 10279

Jurisdictions will be selected and announced on Friday, June 13, 2014.

Bidder’s Conference Information and Materials

Vera will host a bidder’s conference on this RFP on April 4, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. EDT, to end no later than 4:30 p.m. Counties interested in participating in the bidder’s conference can do so by calling (855) 212-0212 (and entering 922-992-897 as the passcode).

Potential bidders may submit questions via email to Insiyah Mohammad at imohammad@vera.org. Responses to newly-submitted questions will be posted on this site on April 11, 18, and 25 by 5 p.m. EDT. Answers are available to questions submitted prior to the bidders conference:

For additional updates about the RFP process, please check the NYS Reentry Consortium page on Vera’s website and/or send an email to Insiyah Mohammad at imohammad@vera.org (Subject Line:  NYS Juvenile Reentry Consortium RFP Process Updates) and include a contact person, county name, and email address.

Proposals Due………………………………………………..……………May 2

Jurisdictions Selected and Announced………………………………June 13

Application Materials

Request for Proposals: NYS Juvenile Reentry Consortium

Appendices

Appendix A: Vountary Agency Admission Totals

Appendix B: Application Cover Page

 

 

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