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NCJ Number: NCJ 240671     Find in a Library
Title: Supportive Housing for Returning Prisoners: Outcomes and Impacts of the Returning Home - Ohio Pilot Project
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Jocelyn Fontaine Ph.D. ; Douglas Gilchrist-Scott ; John Roman Ph.D. ; Samuel Taxy ; Caterina Roman Ph.D.
Date Published: 08/2012
Page Count: 62
  Annotation: This report presents the results of an evaluation of the Returning Home-Ohio pilot project, a supportive housing program for returning prisoners.
Abstract: The Returning Home-Ohio (RHO) program is a pilot reentry project established to link prisoners with disabilities who have a history or risk of housing instability to supportive housing as they are released back into the community. The goals of the project are to reduce recidivism, homelessness, and costs associated with providing multiple systems and services to disabled offenders released back to Ohio communities. This report presents the results of an evaluation of RHO to determine whether it had met both its short- and long-term goals. The evaluation looked at four areas: identification, referral, provider contact and program enrollment, and housing and service delivery. Findings from the evaluation include the following: identification and referral of potential participants took longer than expected; pathways to supportive housing, beginning prerelease, varied considerably; provision of supportive housing upon release varied considerably; and while the enrollment process took time, careful attention and coordination, along with troubleshooting, led to RHO successfully housing and serving individuals who had some type of disability, or a history of homelessness or mental illness. The report also includes the results of a cost-benefit analysis of the program. While the findings show that the program led to lower rates of rearrest and reincarceration, and lower rates of return to emergency shelters, it also increased system costs due to the increased use of mental health and substance abuse services. Implications for policy and practice are discussed. Tables, figures, references, and appendix
Main Term(s): Supportive housing
Index Term(s): Halfway houses ; Ex-offenders ; Mental health services ; Social service agencies ; Public housing ; Offender supervision ; Homeless offenders ; Special needs offenders ; Ohio ; Reentry
Sponsoring Agency: Ohio Dept of Rehabilitation and Correction
United States of America

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
United States of America

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
US Dept of Health and Human Services
United States of America

Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati
United States of America

Ohio Dept of Mental Health
United States of America

Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)
United States of America
Grant Number: 5U79SM057460-04
Sale Source: The Urban Institute
2100 M Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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