Office of Ex-Offender Reentry Receives Federal Grant

On Tuesday, September 20, 2011, the Montgomery County Commissioners approved a $374,968 grant award from the Department of Justice-Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for the Montgomery County Office of Ex-Offender Reentry (MCOER).  

The grant funds will be used to target moderate to high risk male and female offenders, 18 years or older, returning to and/or residing in Montgomery County who possess high criminogenic needs in the areas of antisocial attitudes, antisocial peers, and antisocial personality traits. 

“This grant is a testament to the hard work being done every day by the professionals in the Office of Ex-Offender Reentry,” said Montgomery County Commission President and Co-Chair of the Community-Wide Reentry Policy Board Debbie Lieberman.  “These funds will continue our mission of reducing the barriers faced by the men and women returning to our community from incarceration.”

The award will fund the MCOER Advanced Cognitive Treatment Services (ACTS) project, and will allow the MCOER to expand services through providing enhanced pre-release engagement, and cognitive-based programs and services to eligible, randomly selected candidates during the post-release process.  All clients selected to participate in the ACTS project will be provided routine cognitive and educational programming to address high priority criminogenic needs, and supportive services.  Those not selected for participation in ACTS will receive post-release referral services as usual through the MCOER. 

Currently, the MCOER provides programs and services via the Montgomery County Reentry Project and serves as a point of entry screening and assessment partner for the East End Community Services (Green) Pathways Program. 

The mission of the MCOER is to minimize barriers to effective reentry.  The office is primarily funded through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Family & Children First. 

The MCOER is proud to announce that services of the Montgomery County Reentry Project (Collaboration with Goodwill Easter Seals of Miami Valley, Family Services Association & Think Tank, Inc.) have been extended through end of February, 2012.   

The MCOER Welcome One-Stop Reentry Center is operated out of the Job Center (Job Mall), located at 1133 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd, Rm. 335, Dayton, Ohio 45408. 

 The MCOER and partnering agencies will highlight programs & services at their first collaborative “Reentry Expo” scheduled this Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the Job Center (Job Mall - Conference Rooms C, D & E) from 10am-4pm.  Please contact the Montgomery County Office of Reentry at 937- 496-7047 for more information.

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