Project Description

Transition from Jail to Community Collaborative

This innovative collaborative is in response to the City and County of Denver, Office of Behavioral Health Strategies seeking to provide pre and post-release services to inmates in the Denver City and County Jail Detention Centers, and under community-based supervision including probation, parole or pre-trial.

Servicios de la Raza, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, and Urban League of Metro Denver developed this collaborative to be dynamic in serving inmate populations. Each community organization in the TJCC is dedicated to serving low-income, marginalized individuals whose lives often intersect with the criminal justice system. These agencies will work as one entity, utilizing over 100 years of collective experience to ensure the participants receive quality services.

This collaborative will implement the Transition from Jail to Community Collaborative (TJC) model, providing services, resources, and supportive relationships for medium-to-high risk offenders entering jail and continuing through their reentry process back to the community. The TJC model connects participants to services prior to their release from detention or jail, with continued services upon reentry into the community. Reduced recidivism, or likelihood of a person returning to jail, and increased public safety in metro Denver are the long-term goals of the TJCC.

Program requirements:

Recently released from the Denver City or County Jail within 12 months prior to seeking services
Currently residing in Denver County or homeless

Case Management

Case Managers in TJCC provide supportive and collaborative relationships with participants and assist in providing services pre and post-release. Services include identifying and obtaining resources such as housing referrals, employment placement, transportation, food access, clothing, hygiene and other necessitates. Classes, training and/or supportive groups will ensure clients have community support and access to achieve educational, vocational, and personal goals.

Vocational Development

Vocational Specialists provide clients with in-depth assistance in preparing for, finding, obtaining and maintaining employment. Vocational Specialists conduct classroom style curriculum as well as individual assistance for participants’ pre and post release. This includes teaching participants how to talk about their background, build resumes, develop healthy work habits and relationships, job training, interview preparation, and access to job recruiters.

Behavioral Health

TJCC licensed clinicians to provide mental health and substance use treatment for participants, pre and post-release. Clinicians utilize evidence-based practices curriculum such as Impaired Driver Education Program – DUI Treatment, Moral Recognition Therapy, Seeking Safety, etc. Clinicians tailor treatment to be culturally responsive to the diverse and marginalized inmate populations. By providing mental health and substance use services simultaneously with employment and case management, services increase a participant’s successful reentry into the community.

Peer Mentorship

The TJCC Peer Mentor provides a supportive relationship for participants while in the jail system and upon release. The Peer Mentor knows from personal experience the challenges and barriers faced as an ex-offender trying to be successful in completing time in jail as well as successful reentry into the community.  The Peer Mentor will provide in-depth individual assistance for participants as well as facilitate support groups post-release.

TJCC STAFF

NEVA MARTINEZ ORTEGA
NEVA MARTINEZ ORTEGABehavioral Health Therapist
TERI WOLFE
TERI WOLFEBehavioral Health Therapist
JOEL ZAVALA
JOEL ZAVALACase Manager
LUCAS SWEENEY
LUCAS SWEENEYVocational Specialist
MANDY MEDRANO
MANDY MEDRANO Case Manager
NATALIE SANDOVALCase Manager