Re-entry Health Conductors REMEDY Support Group Network
Program Mission: The Re-entry Health Conductors Program is a "Call to Action" to all county health care systems and social services to address the glaring health disparities and social inequities facing returning citizens (formerly incarcerated).
Goal of the Re-entry Health Conductors REMEDY Support Group Network:
- To provide a safe place for all people returning from incarceration.
- To begin the process of cognitive restructuring, character refinement and cultural realignment -that forges a pathway for integration and re-integration into the broader community, family and society.
- To reduce recidivism among those participants of the REMEDY Support group and Network.
- To promote and practice among REMEDY participants, health, wellness and healing through the Transitions Medical Clinic and community resources such as Rubicon, The Re-entry Success Center, Health Right 360 and Future Build
- Completion of a 14- week targeted curriculum designed to address the returning citizen’s barriers to health, employment, housing and full integration back into their communities.
- Graduates of the 14-week series will be invited to participate in the REMEDY network to provide peer leadership, advocacy and mentoring training to current participants attending the REMEDY support group.
- Recently released
- AB109/Federal, State Probation and Parole
- Adult males/females 18 years and older
- Residents of East and West County
- Insured or uninsured (those uninsured will get navigation assistance help with applying for health coverage)
- Medically vulnerable – with a high-risk chronic disease
REMEDY offers the following services and support:
- Outreach to re-entry population and or by referral
- Brief screening thru intake process (assessing health and social needs); including pre-release screening and intake
- Assist with health coverage enrollment, including GA, Cal Fresh, and SSI/SSA benefits
- Make medical appointment to be seen in the Transitions Medical Clinic, tailored for formerly incarcerated. The Transitions Medical Clinic consist of a specialized team (medical providers and Re-entry Health Conductors), working with the re-entry population to provide medical treatment, support and care.
- Link to essential resources (transportation, housing, substance abuse programs, mental health, and employment)
- Follow-up with patients/clients to ensure there are no barriers connecting to the identified resources and support systems for continuity of care
REMEDY support group process (Co-facilitated by those with a justice involvement experience)
- 14-week series (the group meets 2x per month in both west and east county)
- Evening groups ( 5:00-7:30)
- Building cognitive behavioral skills
- Developing new and increased coping skills
- Character refinement (identifying and understanding the difference between street culture and prison culture); what is useful and no longer effective in returning
- Increase awareness of cultural realignment (the ability to transition, sustain and be productive in society)
- Increase knowledge and awareness of effective communication
- Increase awareness and knowledge of chronic disease such as diabetes, chronic asthma, hypertension, chronic pain, heart disease, etc…
- Increase health literacy and understanding of how to access and navigate the health care system and community programs