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What is Reentry? Reentry is a comprehensive case management approach that includes human service programming and community supervision. This community-based initiative is designed to assist former offenders in acquiring the life skills needed to succeed in the community and become law-abiding citizens. Who is eligible for Reentry? Everybody who returns to Erie or Niagara County is eligible to participate in community services. If you are under the supervision of NYS Parole, you can ask your facility parole officer or your field parole officer about reentry services. Those who are released with the status of maximum expiration can contact Spectrum Human Services at (716) 832-1251 or Community Missions of Niagara Frontier Inc. at (716) 285-3403, to discuss eligibility. What are the benefits of the Erie County Reentry Program? Each individual will be assigned a Reentry Care Coordinator who will be able to work hand-in-hand with individuals to obtain the services needed for an appropriate community adjustment, including:
  1. Transportation services
  2. Wrap-around services
  3. Individual advocacy
  4. Peer mentoring
  5. Employment services
  6. Counseling
  7. Educational services
  8. Entitlement benefits
  9. Linkage to other important community services
How do I know if I am eligible for Reentry Services? Individuals who are preparing for release and returning to Erie or Niagara County can ask their facility parole officer about linkage to the County Reentry Program. Does Erie County have a Reentry Prerelease Unit? The 60 bed Erie Reentry Unit is located at the Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion, NY. The New York State Department of Correctional Services classifies individuals to be placed in this unit 90-120 days prior to release. This Reentry Prerelease Unit is designed to specifically serve individuals returning to Erie County. Does Niagara County have a Reentry Prerelease unit? At this point in time Niagara County does not have a Reentry Prerelease Unit however the county is looking forward to working with a Prerelease Unit in the near future. What is the function of parole and parole officers? New York State Parole has designated reentry staff to work directly with reentry programming; this includes administrative staff, support staff and individual field parole officers. These officers work directly with the Erie Reentry Unit, Reentry Care Coordination/Case Management and the community to provide a comprehensive menu of services that would best assist the former offender in community reintegration. How do I get help with housing costs? You can go to your local Department of Social Services as soon as possible. Their contact information is given on the checklists: Erie or Niagara. How do I get an application for a Certificate of Relief or a Certificate of Good Conduct? Information about how to apply and how it will affect your status can be found on the New York State Division of Parole website. Is there additional help available for my situation? Sometimes there are additional programs and services available through your parole office. Their contact information is given on the checklists: Erie or Niagara.

 

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