criminal justice Pay for Success project focuses on those who, once they are released from jail, end up back in jail at high rates and have frequent and/or
extended lengths of stay in the county jail.
The nonprofit organization chosen to lead the project through a competitive bid process - First Step House - operates under the concept that health conditions such as mental health issues and substance abuse disorders significantly contribute to involvement in criminal acts.
The program is called REACH (Recovery, Engagement, Assessment, Career, and Housing) with a goal to provide behavioral health treatment, housing, and case management services in order to lower the rate of recidivism, help them recover stable lives and reduce costs to taxpayers.
REACH will serve approximately 225 formerly incarcerated adult males who are at high risk for additional criminal charges. Currently, these individuals interact with county Behavioral Health, Adult Probation and Parole, the county’s Criminal Justice Services Department and other community organizations. Many have moderate to severe substance use disorders.