Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $766,942)
American Indian OIC (AIOIC) will provide case management and reentry planning to youth starting at least 90 days prior to their release from juvenile detention from the Minnesota Department of Corrections’ Red Wing Juvenile Facility or the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Facility. The project’s primary beneficiaries will be youth of color who are returning to persistent poverty census tracts in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. In addition to working with correctional partners, AIOIC will work with the Mitchell-Hamline Reentry Clinic to provide participants with legal support services such as expungement and record-sealing, and with the Native American Community Clinic to provide youth with medical and behavioral healthcare and substance use disorder counseling. Core to the project’s success are pre-release services provided by a culturally competent case manager who will work with participants to develop a reentry plan and connect to education and employment services designed to advance their plan and reduce their likelihood of recidivating. Participants will receive support from at least 90 days pre-release through the end of the 36-month project period. Project deliverables include process and policy guidelines, outreach materials, curricula and course delivery, action plans, and data collection instrumentation.