Individuals who served time in San Diego County jails and are on the path to re-entering their communities will receive financial support through a $6 million grant from Proposition 47 received by the county.
County officials announced it will contribute an additional $4 million for a total program of $10 million to support those leaving custody who have a history of behavioral health needs and are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The grant program will begin in September 2022.
Andrea Pella, Director of Prevention, Diversion, and Re-Entry of San Diego County said a Community Care Coordination team will help people leaving jail to gain independence, and reduce criminal behavior and recidivism.
Those in custody are referred to a team of clinicians and peer support specialists with lived experience prior to release from jail. Individuals will be assessed to connect them to community support services, such as behavioral health services, housing, and employment opportunities.
The Community Care Coordination team will transport newly released individuals to temporary housing and connect them to resources, such as behavioral health services for ongoing treatment and job opportunities. County officials say the team will also connect individuals to benefits assistance, reconnect them with family and develop longer-term housing plans.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to expand the framework of an existing successful program and advance the goals of the Board-driven Alternatives to Incarceration work that City and County health and justice partners are working tirelessly on,” Pella continues.
County officials aim to serve up to 400 people before the grant period ends on June 2026.