Safer Communities Through Successful Reentry
At every level government, there is recognition that we are in a national crisis of incarceration—we lead the world in the number of people incarcerated (more than 2,000,000), and consequently, the number of people who will reenter their communities after a time in prison. More than 2,500 people return to Monroe County from jail or prison every year—more than any county in the State, outside of New York City. It is in the best interest of our communities to provide formerly incarcerated men and women with a realistic path to a successful life as a member of the community.
The challenges for men and women in reentry are often staggering—from finding a place to live and a job, to reuniting with family (if they have any family), overcoming addiction, or addressing mental illness. Law enforcement, the courts, and corrections agencies acknowledge that we cannot incarcerate our way out of this problem. New state and federal laws recognize that ignoring the problems of former offenders puts our communities at risk of more violence, criminal activity, damage to children, families, and neighborhoods, and increases the tax burden—the cost of keeping people in prison is second only to health care costs in New York State—more than $50,0000 a year per person.
Collaboration is the Key
Through a grant from the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services to the Monroe County Office of Probation, and staffed by Delphi, the Monroe County Reentry Task Force (MCRTF) was created. It is a collaboration of more than 50 agencies and individuals who play a role in the reentry process—the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Monroe County Department of Human Services, treatment providers, faith-based groups , community organizations, and human services agencies. These stakeholders regularly collaborate to ensure access to needed services for men and women returning home.
Direct Reentry Services at Delphi
The MCRTF provides direct services to men and women returning from incarceration in a NYS prison. Reentry Services at Delphi is based on the National Institute of Correction's "Transition from Prison to Community" model of evidence-based and best-practice services. Case managers work one-on-one with former prisoners to ensure their stabilization needs are met (housing, treatment, employment), as well as providing cognitive-based and trauma-informed group and individual counseling. We believe these services are most successful when reentering men and women find a sincere welcome, and an atmosphere of care coupled with accountability.
Reentry Services at Delphi serves former state prisoners, but utilizes our Health Homes Care Management program to provide case management services for reentering individuals who are Medicaid-eligible, returning from local jail or federal incarceration.
- Assistance in applying for public assistance, Medicaid and SNAP
- Assistance in finding emergency, transitional and permanent housing
- Substance abuse evaluation, treatment and referral
- Domestic violence programming
- Anger management programming
- Work readiness program
- Cognitive behavioral intervention groups
- Employment and vocational assistance, including job placement
- Help obtaining birth certificates and photo ID
- Access to mental health evaluations and treatment
- Access to primary health care
- Individual counseling
- Assistance in obtaining child support modifications and reduction of child support arrears
- Personal hygiene items
- Support groups
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I get help from Delphi Reentry?
A: Contact at our office at 585.467.2230. Our office is located at 727 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY 14605. Delphi Reentry accepts referrals from Parole, community agencies, relatives, or self– referral.
Q: Does Delphi only serve people who are currently on parole?
A: No. We are funded to provide services to men, women or juveniles who are or were part of the NYS correctional system. However, we are able to offer assistance to people who are currently receiving Medicaid, and were incarcerated locally, or in the federal system, through our Health Home care management program.
Q: How long can I receive services?
A: Most clients receive services for about three months; if a client has problems that require additional assistance, we may extend that time period.
Q: Is Reentry part of DOCCS or Parole?
A: No. Delphi is a not-for-profit behavioral health agency. Monroe County Reentry Services at Delphi is an independent program that coordinates services with the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (prison and parole), to ensure that clients are successful in reintegrating into the community. It is not a part of any state agency.