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Prisoner Reentry

COPE spearheaded the formation of San Bernardino Public Health Reentry Initiative in 2007, due to a concern that the health care needs of recently released parolees were being ignored, causing a negative impact on the families and communities that receive them. In response to the concerns posed at the State level and Counties Levels, and the community at large, the Department of Public Health (DPH) formed a San Bernardino County Reentry Task Force in collaboration with COPE and its member congregations. The Task Force drafted policy recommendations that identified six key barriers and gaps in county services and 16 policy recommendations for improving collaboration between California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the County of San Bernardino. The Department of Public Health received funding through the Second Chance Act Adult Offender Reentry Planning Program Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to develop a set of collaborative and evidence-based strategies to respond to the unmet needs of the reentry population. After the adoption of the policy recommendations in 2011, the task force continued to convene as the San Bernardino County Reentry Collaborative (SBCRC).

NEW Reentry Health Program – Sign-Up Now!

COPE is pleased to launch a new program, the Reentry Health Program (RHP) to reduce or prevent health risk among formerly incarcerated adults males and females and high risk youth. RHP is a 5-week program provides participants with the tools and strategies to support successful reentry through life skills development, critical thinking and risk-reducing behaviors.

For more information about the program contact Felicia Jones at (909) 887-3900 or fjones@copesite.org.

San Bernardino Reentry Collaborative

  • Make communities safer by researching and implementing best practices to reduce recidivism
  • Strengthen “first responders” by providing faith and community based organizations with the expertise and infrastructure to be self-sustaining
  • Collect and analyze data ongoing to identify gaps in services and resources, and establish a framework to provide services in an efficient and cost effective manner;
  • Identify new stakeholders and strengthen existing partnerships to address the public health, public safety, and social concerns related to reentry population
  • Develop a marketing plan to educate stakeholders, policy makers, and community leaders about the benefits of strengthening the continuum of pre- and post-release services.

The San Bernardino Reentry Collaborative meets on a monthly basis.  Click here for the 2016 meeting schedule.