Executive Order 16-05

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Governor Inslee’s Executive Order 16-05 

Building Safe and Strong Communities Through Successful Reentry

On April 26, 2016, in recognition of National Reentry Week, Governor Inslee signed an Executive Order 16-05 to better support the successful transition of people leaving incarceration and returning to their communities. The mission of the executive order is to make communities safer by reducing recidivism and victimization; to help those returning from confinement to become productive citizens and save taxpayers’ dollars by lowering the direct and collateral costs of confinement.  Our reentry efforts advance policies and programs that connect justice involved persons with meaningful educational and employment opportunities, with access to health care and a safe place to live, so that motivated persons, who have served their sentence, are able to contribute to their communities. Concentrated efforts to advance reentry have been made within JR, across agencies, inclusive of partners and stakeholders and involving persons confined and previously confined.  
The Executive Order, “Building Safe and Strong Communities through Successful Reentry”, directs state agencies to reduce recidivism and increase public safety with stronger transition programs, so more men and women can build lives based on jobs rather than on crime. 
This includes:
  • Directing the Department of Corrections and Juvenile Rehabilitation to develop a reentry-focused orientation program for every individual as they enter a correctional facility and when they leave.  
  • In JR, we have implemented Reentry Team Meetings which include youth and their families in the case planning process. RTM’s guide youth, families, and service providers through a facilitated process to better prepare and support a youth’s reentry back into the community. The following are core principles of RTM’s: youth, family, and community focused, strength-based with an emphasis on natural supports, non-judgmental and non-blaming, respect for individual differences, alliance focused, and solution focused.
  • Directing the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, the Washington Student Achievement Council, the Washington Apprenticeship and Training Council and Labor and Industries to develop a statewide correctional post-secondary education and apprenticeship plan; and
    • JR currently participates on a committee of representatives from the agencies listed above as well as additional community partners that are in the apprenticeship Trades.  The mission of the committee is to emphasize systems integration to increase apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships, training and education for juvenile justice and department of corrections clients.  
  • Tasking the Department of Commerce to build a corporate outreach plan with Correctional Industries to identify workforce needs that can be met with appropriately trained individuals with criminal backgrounds. To build a corporate outreach plan with Correctional Industries to identify workforce needs that may be met with appropriately trained individuals with criminal backgrounds; build commitment within the business community to remove barriers for qualified applicants with criminal records so that they may compete for living wage jobs.
    • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in collaboration with JR have developed a screening, referral, application and orientation process designed pre-release to identify potentially eligible clients.  This referral begins the process to access vocational rehabilitation services once returned to the home community.  DVR continues its collaboration with DOC ensuring that identified and potentially eligible adult clients are assessed prior to releasing from confinement.  The agencies continue to ensure timeframes are met and best practices are sustained.
  • Department of Corrections (DOC) and Juvenile Rehabilitation (JR): Build a reentry-focused orientation program for every individual as she or he enters and exits a correctional facility. This orientation shall provide individuals information regarding the certificate of restoration of opportunity, restoration of voting rights, resources for individuals currently in and leaving the system, and crisis services. All people leaving a state prison facility and juvenile residential facility shall receive electronic and/or hard copies of necessary documents to include certificates of completion, medical information, voter registration forms, and other documents that assist in transition to the community. DOC and JR shall also pilot technological solutions that improve safe and successful transition to the community.
    • Juvenile Rehabilitation has implemented Reentry Team Meetings (RTM) within the first 30 days to include the youth, their family and the case manager. All JR staff have been trained on reentry case management skills sets. There has been great success is meeting the 30 day time frame and reorienting these meetings to be client and reentry focused. From January 1st, 2017 through March 31st of 2017 JR completed 94% of Initial RTMs for youth entering our system. 
    • Release RTM occurs within 45-60 days prior to a youth’s exit from a JR residential facility to their home community. The goal of this RTM is a check-in with youth, family, and community supports on the Reentry Plan progress, identification of next steps and how to support a successful reentry. During the Release RTM, each youth is provided information on the Certification of Restoration of Opportunity (CROP), voter registration, and how to access to crisis services in their local area.  Essential documents for JR are minimal but are included in the release process (hard copy) so that youth exiting confinement have necessary documentation. From January 1st, 2017 through March 31st of 2017 JR completed 84% of Release RTMs for youth exiting our system.
    • In January 2017, JR released the Youth Reentry Plan to address the youth’s transition plan in each of the specific reentry domains.  It is written in the youth’s language and includes community resources and crisis service networks.  From January 1, 2017 through June 30th 2017, 73% of youth who released had a reentry plan.
  • Department of Licensing: Identify a mechanism to ensure that all individuals leaving a state correctional facility have a Washington State identification card.
    • JR and DOL developed a pilot project to provide Washington State identification cards to all youth releasing from residential programs which include both institutions and community facilities.  The goal is for all youth leaving JR to receive State ID’s prior to reentering the community.
  • State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC): Create a statewide correctional post-secondary education and apprenticeship pathway for youth and adults in collaboration with DOC, JR, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  • JR and the Department of Corrections have been participating as members of a monthly committee with the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges to identify apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training opportunities. The committee has been assessing current vocational and work experience programs within JR and DOC.  Representatives have completed visits at JR and DOC facilities to assist with the assessment and determination of next steps.  JR is involved in grant work and development to include youth in JR facilities.  The mission of the grant work as well as the Collaborative Apprenticeship Group includes the following: credit for work, on the job training, certifications, education, and skill development.  Overall goal is to develop and operationalize pre apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs that feed into specific existing positions in the community.   
  • State Cybersecurity Office: Develop recommendations to introduce secure internet-based reentry tools for individuals in adult and juvenile correctional facilities, such as ESD’s job search system, library materials for education programs, housing information, college information, and similar resources.
    • JR continues to develop a framework around the major technology components of the reentry work. 
  • Health Care Authority: Build a process that allows Medicaid benefits to suspend rather than terminate when individuals are incarcerated to ensure seamless delivery of critical treatment services upon an individual’s release. The suspension would end once the individual is released from incarceration back into the community. While in suspended status, qualified inpatient events for these individuals will be paid by Medicaid.
    • Juvenile Rehabilitation in collaboration with the Health Care Authority (HCA) has established the following agreements and procedures to ensure all eligible JR youth are enrolled in Medicaid.
    1. Youth at JR residential facilities are reviewed for health care needs during reentry planning. Those youth determined to be eligible or likely eligible are referred for Medicaid. The JR has a contract with Sea Mar Community Health Centers to facilitate enrollment prior to a youth’s release from residential placement.
    2. A recent update to the Interagency Agreement between HCA and JR signed 4/20/17 allows JR or its application agent (currently Sea Mar) to enroll youth in Medicaid up to 30 days prior to their release from confinement. This enhances JR’s ability to arrange for needed services and treatment connections.
    3. Sea Mar has committed to improving the Medicaid enrollment process for JR youth by sending a Sea Mar Outreach worker to JR facilities that will work directly with youth to enroll them into Medicaid using Washington Health Plan Finder. 
    4. Youth transferring from a JR institution to a minimum security community facility (group home) automatically qualify for Medicaid and are enrolled when they arrive at the community facility. This is facilitated by HCA staff. When they release from JR custody the HCA works with the youth and/or family to re-determine Medicaid eligibility and facilitates enrollment for eligible youth.